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  2. I dunno, B. I instigated a bit of a row over there, and it only had legs because Sady and her supporters insisted on a “you’re with us or against us” stance with me (or more accurately, with Michael Moore). Her entire premise is based on a fallacy of her own creation, anyway. To wit:

    Bush was pretty unequivocally a bad president, right? He did a lot of bad stuff. I know I didn’t like him. But then, all of this progressive media arose in response to him – Air America, a bunch of blogs, a resurgence in the popularity of one Michael Moore – and that stuff, well-intentioned as it may have been, was often more interested in rabble-rousing and Republican-bashing and getting people angry than it was with analyzing the issues.

    (emphasis all mine)

    How often? More specifically, how often would be often enough to make the argument worth its weight? I don’t doubt that there was plenty of that going on, but seriously. There was so much more to the rise of progressive media and blogging than Bush Derangement Syndrome.

    It’s a great construct if you’re trying to tie Michael Moore-bashing to criticism of Quentin Tarantino’s gleeful nihilism, but it isn’t realistic . I’ve never listened to Air America, and the few blogs I know that tended toward partisan haranguing (like Correntewire, Democratic Underground and DailyKos) are blogs that quickly got old for me. What about Orcinus, or A Tiny Revolution, or Crooks and Liars? What about Democracy Now, or the Daily Howler? What about Tiny Cat Pants? The list goes on. There are so many voices out there that weren’t just beating the drum against Republicans, but were trying to get better behavior out of Democrats as well. But that doesn’t fit the narrative, so let’s ignore it. Yeesh.

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