Sunday, March 20, 2005

When bad analogies attack 

So Tina Brown thinks that bloggers are the "new Stasi" (hat tip: Powerline). I don't think it would be too presumptuous of me to assume that when she says bloggers, she means right-wing bloggers, those nasty people responsible for the Swift Boat, Dan Rather and Eason Jordan witch hunts (who has, by contrast the left blogosphere managed to take down? Jeff Gannon?).

I guess that after decades of being on the receiving end of tired Nazi analogies, it's refreshing to be compared to communists. It's also refreshing to know that whether the left uses the brown or the read paint to splash their opponents with, it remains just as historically clueless as it ever was. Whines Brown:
"No matter who you are, someone is ready and willing to rat you out. Even the rats themselves have to look over their shoulders, because some smaller rat is always waiting in the wings... All the timidity this engenders, all this watching your mouth has started to feel positively un-American."
At this moment, tens of thousands of the real victims of the real Stasi - you know, the people who were tortured, imprisoned, or turned into outcasts in a closed society - compassionately nod their head and say, "Yes, Tina, we feel your pain."

In Tina Brown's world of sideshow alley mirror morality the politico-media establishment is the victim. But as Powerline's Deacon observes, it's Brown's own approach that is closer to the spirit of the former East German rulers: we are above criticism.

In reality, it's the communist governments which used to thrive on politicized war heroism, faking documents and killing journalists. Bloggers are just samizdata plus Internet.


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