Who botched it?

Who bothched it? From too many sources to attribute, I’m getting news stories (here’s one) about “how bloggers bothced it” yesterday. What? No, bloggers didn’t botch it. Slate.com’s Jack Shafer, Matt Drudge and Ana Marie Cox botched it. And from there, the bloggers I read either echoed them or refutted them. And the reporters who started reporting on what Jack Shafer, Matt Drudge and Ana Marie Cox were releasing botched it. The Zogby jokesters who then used those reports to make a call at 5 p.m. botched it. I’m a blogger. I didn’t botch it. But then, only seven people read this weblog.

Update: Instapundit says Poynter’s Steve Outing, in calling “bloggers loose cannons should note that many bloggers were pooh-poohing and refusing to pass on the obviously flawed exit polling info.

I do agree with Outing, however. That “little birdie told me” crap from Wonkette was, to me, one of the low-points in blogging history. Her snark jumped the shark yesterday.

Joi just doesn’t get it

Joi just doesn’t get it: Taking a 180-degree turn from the spirit of Jeff’s post election pledge, one of my favorite bloggers, Joi Ito, blogging from Japan, is saying, “Americans have failed” the world today.


It was close, but the Americans have chosen Bush. It’s a sad day, but in a democracy, you get the politicians you deserve/vote for. This was your chance to change your leader and you have failed. For awhile, many of us thought that you had been conned into voting for Bush. That you didn’t know he wanted to be a War President. Many people didn’t equate the US policies with the people of America. Now US = US Citizens. You have my sympathies, but it’s still your fault.

Rather than lose my status as someone who disagrees agreeable, I’ll not blog what I think about Joi’s sentiments…nor some of the elegant irony I see in his reaction to how Americans fail when they vote rather than participate in, I don’t know, an IRC session. (Oh, wait, that sounded disagreeable.)

My theory: The majority of Americans I know who live within 100 miles of the Atlantic or Pacific or Lake Michigan (and Joi), don’t understand Wal-Mart (Joi may, I’ve never seen him comment on the topic) or what motivates the sensibilities of the rest of us. Americans have not failed you, Joi. Come to Nashville (perhaps the next time our mutual friend Jun makes one of his regular visits) and we can discuss it on-the-ground.

I still think you’re a great blogger.