Say you are an administrator working for the UN Dispatch, a blog run by the United Nations Foundation to spead the gospel of the United Nations good deeds, and you have launched with little fanfare in February, and you are getting little to no attention because the rest of the blogosphere is looking up skirts at the Huffington report
What do you do?
If the answer is to attack a blogger who has been on the UN oil-for-food scandal like ugly on an ape, a blogger who runs pretty tight in the circles of the established hegemony in the libertarian and right wings of the blogosphere, and then email everyone (myself included) about your attack, then your name might be Peter Daou.
It is a stroke of genius. Now everyone is talking about a website they had never even heard of 10 hours ago. Conservatives are pissed, and will most likely add you to their bookmarks to keep track of you and document the atrocities. Liberals are probably thrilled someone else is attacking conservatives besides them and will come back to see more muscular defenses of the UN.
This is the blog equivalent of free exposure on the level of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt having hot monkey love in Africa before the release of their upcoming film (you just know no one on the planet is happier about Brad and Angelina getting it on more than 20th Century Fox).
As I write this, ten people have linked to the UN Dispatch piece on Roger Simon. I am number eleven.
Peter Daou- he’s no dummy.
*** Update ***
Not sure if the ‘Dispatcher” is Peter Daou, but this post is much whinier and more petulant than the first post (although my theory about why the original post was made remains):
3. Simon has the right to blog about anything he pleases, whether or not the UN likes it.
Again, this isn’t in contention. The point is not to deny Simon the right to post, but to examine his rationale for focusing on a single issue, however significant, to the exclusion of other issues of equal – if not greater – impact. The question seems reasonable considering that most issue-oriented bloggers such as Brad DeLong, Volokh, Juan Cole, etc. have an area of specialization that dovetails naturally with their blogging. In Simon’s case, it seemed like a fair question to ask why this particular topic is of signal importance to him.
Because it is a damned outrage and the bastards are still lying and covering up the mess.