The Right Coast

September 06, 2004
Before Blogging
By Mike Rappaport

There has been a lot of discussion of the role of the blogosphere in monitoring and limiting the power of the mainstream press. Witness, of course, the Swiftboat Veterans. Glenn Reynolds, however, discusses an incident from the 1992 campaign that might have turned out differently if blogging existed.

In 1992, the New York Times and then the entire media made much of the idea that George H.W. Bush was so divorced from the world of ordinary Americans that he did not know what a supermarket scanner was. It turns out that the story was made up or at least greatly exaggerated.

Had bloggers been around at the time, it is possible they could have caught, challenged, and publicized this misreporting.