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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Cocooning at the Highest Levels

posted by Jazz at 12/23/2004 09:53:00 AM

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Betsy Newmark highlights a story today about how Lynne Cheney is actually an avid blog reader.

You think that blogging doesn't have an impact? Guess again. Hugh Hewitt notes that Lynne Cheney reads blogs. Think about the power of some non-connected people sitting in their offices and living rooms writing down their thoughts. And the Vice President's wife reads those thoughts. Regularly. Cool.
Cheney: "Oh I love Hugh Hewitt, I think he's terrific. I love Powerline. I read Instapundit, and, I don't know, does RealClearPolitics constitute a blog? I certainly looked at it a lot during the campaign. It was a wonderful source and remains a wonderful source of articles that are being written in many places."
Obviously, Betsy takes this as "a good thing" but it is worth noting that these quotes from the veep's wife are also somewhat revealing. Look at the list of blogs that she mentions. Not a single liberal or even moderate blog in the pack. This is the "cocooning" that we've spoken of so often here - the alarming tendency of people to exclusively avail themselves of media material that agrees with whatever opinions they have already formed, and to tune out the rest.

I'm guessing that if Ms. Cheney ever spent an hour reading Atrios or Daily KOS, she's either collapse into a sobbing hysterical heap, or have Dick send out the storm troopers to bring back the heads of a bunch of bloggers and comment writers.