02 de novembre 2007

efindex (I)

Saludos desde Cáceres.

Les escribo desde el Centro Cultural de San Francisco de Cáceres, donde se celebra el efindex II. A pesar de que los dioses del transporte han conspirado para evitar que llegase a tiempo, finalmente me encuentro en directo en la inauguración de las Jornadas. Veo a unos cuantos bloggeros de postín retransmitiendo desde la sala (como José Luis Prieto, Pau Llop, Rosa Jiménez, Carlos Guadián, Mamá Novata, César o Daniel Vásquez) y disfrutando con la ponencia de Aravosis. Por favor, visiten su blog. Vale la pena.

Aravosis explica, con la pasión de un teenager y un acento newyorker, la capacidad de transformación de los blogs. No son sólo un instrumento de opinión, un foro de ideas, un think tank, sino también un poderoso agente de transformación. ¿Algunos ejemplos?
  • Aravosis descubre que Jeff Gannon, un periodista neocon, tenía un brillante pasado como prostituta de lujo.
  • Obama se relaciona con un violento homófobo y Aravosis logra una campaña - enjambre, que denuncia las opiniones de McClurkin.
  • Aravosis descubrió el violento antisemitismo de Henry Ford y publicó de forma periódica los contenidos de The International Jew
Moraleja. Los blogs permiten no sólo cambiar las opiniones, debatir o intercambiar ideas. Los blogs pueden ser también un agente de cambio social. En otras palabras. Si Karl Marx hubiera nacido en 1980, habría usado un blog. Y a lo mejor la historia habría sido otra.

1 comentari:

Jeff Gannon ha dit...

Liberal activists and the Old Media are aghast and outraged over a press conference conducted last Tuesday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Reporters were only able to listen to a department spokesman respond to questions about relief efforts for the California wildfires posed by other members of the FEMA staff. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff appropriately chastised the sham press conference and promised an investigation and disciplinary action and the White House expressed its displeasure with the incident.

Surely no one at FEMA believed that the staged event would not immediately be discovered and criticized. What could the motivation have been for such a stunt? Perhaps FEMA wanted an opportunity to present its version of events before the Old Media created its own reality about the fires and the actions of the agency. News consumers had already listened to reporters making comparisons to the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and attempting to find fault with the handling of relief efforts. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had to take ABC’s Claire Shipman by the hand to convince her that everything possible was being done and that she should stop trying to invent mistakes and shortcomings. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and other environuts demagogued the tragedy as evidence of the effect of global warming, while California Democrats like Sen. Barbara Boxer and Lt. Governor John Garamendi incorrectly claimed that relief efforts were impeded by having troops and equipment in Iraq.

One of the lessons learned in the wake of Katrina is how the unaccountable Old Media are able to create a false impression that their ideological soul mates in the Democratic Party use for political advantage. In my book, “The Great Media War: A Battlefield Report”, I detail the flawed coverage of one of the greatest natural disasters in American history – a record that has yet to be corrected.

When I learned of the fake news conference, I expected that the characterization of Jeff Gannon as a “phony reporter” would be revived. Liberal media activist Keith Olbermann noted it on his nightly train wreck of a talk show and the lefties of the blogosphere dutifully repeated it ad nauseum. This is a classic case of how a lie becomes reality, since the record proves otherwise. I was as real as a reporter gets, writing over 500 articles as a White House correspondent, a job that Secret Service records indicate I actually showed up for more than 200 times over the course of two years. The veracity of my work as a reporter has never been successfully challenged.

Further, in 2006 – a year after my supposed exposure as a “phony reporter” - my peers accepted me into the National Press Club, the most prestigious association of professional journalists in the world. My book about the media will be featured at the National Press Club’s 30th annual book fair on November 1. Not bad for a “fake, fraud and phony.”