Once there was the blogosphere, and it arose as an antidote to the poison and lies of an overwhelmingly left wing mainstream media. Shocked by its rise, the mainstream media needed a defense strategy, and that strategy was, if you can’t beat them, join them.
So we had putrid gatherings of Progressive/ Liberal dromgools such as exist in great numbers at the NZ Herald creating a myriad of web addresses they called blogs, when they were really just fake blogs. Written by employees of the mainstream media who were just the same old liberal journalists full of the same old liberal bullshit and differing from their newspaper colleagues only by means of the introductory screed on their web pages.
The other thing the managers of the Herald found worrying was that perhaps there were not enough opinion writers with views that diverged from your standard left wing drivel of the kind pumped out by such empty vessels as Kerre Woodham and Matt McCarten et al. So they hired the confused and politically incoherent Deborah Coddington and a few others such as… err such as.. actually I can’t think of any.
But wait, to the Herald’s rescue comes.. wait for it.. Its Superblogger….!! Yes David Farrar, who deserves much of the credit for blogging’s popularity in NZ, has sold out- joined the other side. Betrayed the blogging community. It was kind of forgivable that he could write for the NBR, but the Herald?? The Herald??? What an utterly disgusting betrayal of principle.
And here is the rub. The Herald editor probably thinks he has scored a bit of a coup by bringing on board someone his employees often write of as a “right wing blogger”. No doubt to help Deborah carry the burden. In fact Farrar has never been a “right winger”. He is a Supporter of the National Party, and that party calls people they perceive as even slightly right wing “extremists”.
Farrar has slowly banished all who effectively criticise National from his blog, and it is now populated by inane chit chat that is so politically neutral in style it rivals the mindless drivel one reads on the Trade Me message boards. Nauseating National party sycophants cruise supremely among blathering politically ignorant innately socialist knuckle draggers with interesting and challenging comment being as as scarce as rocking horse shit.
Farrar has sold out. Not really surprising. The Herald has bought a crock. Or maybe not. Maybe its all part of their plan to cheer for a National Party that is so far left and possessed of such a Progressive leader its actually deemed worthy of support by those disgusting leftist propagandists who work at the nauseating propaganda sheet that poses as a newspaper. David Farrar will perhaps fit right in with the Herald’s objectives.
We real bloggers will fight on.