Most blogs and/or bloggers have an issue, topic, subject, or event that they simply own and dominate. Brendan Skwire has been doing just that with the Inquirer’s disastrous hiring of John Yoo as a columnist. Read all of his posts on Yoo, or his open letter on the subject. As is usually the case, the Inky (in the form of Harold Jacksons) dismisses the controversy (and boycott) and blames the bloggers (via Philebrity), including Daily News journalist, author, and blogger Will Bunch:
Unfortunately, most of the critics of our contract with Yoo have their facts wrong.
But that happens when your information comes from those bloggers who never let the facts get in the way when they’re trying to whip people into a frenzy to boost Web site hits.
It’s a shame that one blogger who disseminated poor information is actually a full-time journalist for a sister publication in The Inquirer building.
At this point, it doesn’t matter that torture doesn’t work, that it further radicalizes those that it victimizes, that it endangers our soldiers, and that it lessens us all as both a people and a country. Thanks to the moral beacon of and “he said, she said” reporting of the Village – as Digby aptly noted – torture isn’t a subject of moral clarity but simply a matter of policy difference.