While the precise moment a cultural phenomenon has jumped the shark is often difficult to pinpoint (was it when J.R. was shot?), there are moments when it’s absolutely clear. Every sensible TV viewer knows that The West Wing was never the same after President Bartlett fired Leo.
With political blogs, it might be easier to tell. I’d say when a leftist blog resorts to using a conservative news site that traffics in the worst kind of race baiting, gay bashing, nativist hate speech, and simple dishonesty as a source, simply because they’re so desperate to attack Democratic politicians in Montana might just be that flying Fonzie moment.
If you’re unfamiliar with World News Daily, the source cited by 4and20blackbirds today, they recently published a book called Negrophila, which discusses “an “undue and inordinate affinity for blacks” – to describe the mindset that he says is behind a pervasive manipulation expertly employed and exploited to divide and destroy American society.”
Just today, their site features headlines like:
- ‘Gay’ Laws Set Stage for Pedophilia ‘Rights’
- Rush: Racism worse under Obama
- Transgender Indoctrination in Our Schools
- Bachmann grills Bernanke over ‘extraordinary’ accounting measure
Hard to spend even an instant on WND without understanding exactly what it is.
4and20 blackbirds used to be the best, most thought-provoking, and most unique political blog in the state. I miss it, but no amount of my disappointment will bring it back to what I enjoyed—and the writers there today certainly aren’t under any obligation to meet my expectations.
But there’s a lot of Internet out there, and interesting and unique voices writing about politics in the state and the nation. Those are the sources I’ll be engaging with, arguing with, and learning from in the future.
That said, best of luck to the current hosts over there. There’s certainly an audience for their point of view, and I hope they continue to enjoy writing. One fewer member of the audience is certainly no big deal.