by Max Brantley
The blogosphere as we know it was virtually non-existent in 2000. The right-wing noise machine -- principally amplified by talk radio, but abetted by cable TV -- controlled the message. It is still a powerful force and the Beltway media can still be herded as quickly as sheep before a border collie. But there's a left-wing noise machine now, too. And it has its occasional moments.
For example, here's Media Matters with a contrary view on Hillary's debate performance. It was not that bad. It was badly misrepresented. Tim Russert told some bodacious fibs. And, most of all, it was all not much noticed except by the shouting heads on cable TV.