SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Monday, January 10, 2005

A WHITEWASH REPORT? The CBS Rathergate Memo Report, a product of the Thornburg-Boccardi Commission, has now been released and the blogosphere is beginning to weigh in.

So far I’ve read some preliminary remarks by Hugh Hewitt and Powerline. Those are both interesting posts and worth reading. Hewitt is on the air as I type this—again calling this report a Whitewash and hitting upon the complete pass given to Dan Rather and his CBS President. Wizbang also has some good early analysis (including here and here). I've also been going over some information at, where there is more worthwhile reading.

***Hewitt reports that early sentiment on the blogosphere seems to be kind to the report, but he expects this to change in short order. Should some of the key players in the blogosphere fail to come through, Hewitt predicts the following:

My guess is that the bloggers will shake this off after a day or two of reading the report, and especially after reading the Moonves declaration of exoneration receives wider attention. (And possibly as the CBS fall gals start asking themselves why they should go gently into the night bearing all the blame for CBS' sins.) But if not, then a new generation of bloggers will simply push up and demand the answers that didn't arrive today. In fact, the partial pass that CBS is getting from some of their past critics is an invitation to traffic-hungry start-ups to make a name for themselves.

I think Hewitt is right on with this point. Don't give up, bloggers! Old Media wants this to go out with a whimper. There is a demand out there—the blogosphere audience wants hard-hitting analysis and won’t be satisfied with halfway, half-hearted coverage of the Memogate Report.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)


  • At 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I only heard the first half hour with Lieleks (sp?). Did he mention that Dick hates the Bushes. Dick has been fighting them for 13 years. Suing and being sued many times . Dick has no wins and a few loses including one expensive award. Viacom set it up to be a coverup and it is a coverup. Dick went about looking for ways to clear Viacom brass including Smearmeister Dan. He found no political motives because he looked the other way every time he got close to uncovering one.
    Rod Stanton

  • At 9:37 AM, Blogger Coop said…

    Unfortunately, I didn't get to hear the segment with Lileks, so I don't know anything about that.


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