Blog Hero

A coveted Seeing the Forest Blog Hero Award goes to Billmon at Whiskey Bar. Whiskey Bar posted a list of pre-war quotes from Bush Administration officials that, it appears, many “journalists” have picked up on. But the Blog Hero Award is given for this post.

Keeping track of what those in power say — and holding them accountable for it — is not brilliance. It is (or should be) the stuff of ordinary journalism. It’s the kind of thing the American media used to do, sometimes — before 9/11 and our endless “war” on terrorism caused it to shut down the part of its collective brain devoted to critical thinking.

The fact that some dinky little blog now has to do the job does not reflect great credit on the blogger, but rather great shame on the media. Like the rest of American society, American journalism appears to have flushed some of the most important lessons of the Vietnam War down the toilet.