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Thursday, September 16, 2004

OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "However the flap over CBS and those National Guard 'memos' turns out, the past few weeks mark a milestone in U.S. media and politics. Along with the Swift Boat Veterans' ads, the widespread challenge to Dan Rather's reporting--to his credibility--means that the liberal media establishment has ceased to set the U.S. political agenda.

"This is potentially a big cultural moment. For decades liberal media elites were able to define current debates by all kicking in the same direction, like the Rockettes. Now and then they can still pull this off, as when they all repeated the same Pentagon-promoted-torture line during the Abu Ghraib uproar. But the last month has widened cracks in that media monopoly that have been developing for some time."
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A communications revolution has been in the making since 1987, when Reagon abolished the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" that was used to keep conservative Christian and conservative political talk off the air, as was admitted by Fred Friendly.

The result is a demolishing of the liberal major media monopoly. The Rather incident brings the blogosphere to adulthood, for it was the blogs that brought down CBS and Rather.

The king is dead. Long live the king.
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