Jonathan Rauch may be one of the few gay marriage advocates who can make a compelling case for gay marriage without demonizing supporters of the traditional definition of the ancient institution, but when it comes to blogging, well, he adopts a condescending attitude toward the new medium which sounds a lot like the outrage many in Catholic hierarchy once expressed about Mr. Gutenberg’s (then-*)new-fangled contraption.
He, Megan McArdle reports, is making “fun of the entire medium” (of blogging), whining that “the past decade and more” the blogosphere has produced little “of distinction or durability.” As if mainstream journalism had produced much of distinction or durability in the same time frame. (H/t: Glenn Reynolds.)
And then, as my pal Sonicfrog reports, Rauch, borrowing a left-wing talking point (and counter to all available evidence), laments that while the nation stands on the brink of defaulting on the national debt, Republicans are debating gays. Sonic shows that, well, this just isn’t so:
Jonathan, Google is your friend. Learn to use it!
Now, you may firmly, thoroughly, with no hesitation, with every fiber in your being, absolutely disagree with Republicans on the solutions they offer concerning jobs growth, but it’s a little disingenuous to try and push the meme that they haven’t been talking about it!
Read the whole thing. Do think Jonathan needs pay a little more attention to discourse in Republican circles since the advent of Mr. Obama. Republicans have been talking a lot about federal spending, the national debt and budget deficits. Just try reading about the Tea Party.
*back in the Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Centuries.
UPDATE: Sonicfrog alerts us to something he added this to his post:
It’s not that Republicans are not talking about jobs and the economy… It, well, the same ‘ol thing… The media is not interested in what Republicans have to say about it. So, they report on “The Gay” thing instead! So, if you don’t dig, you think “The Gay” is more important, because that is what the media is focusing on.
You think a journalist of Rauch’s caliber would be aware of that media bias and would be able do some reporting of his own (after all he does live in Washington) to see just exactly what Republicans are talking about.