Arrogance thy name is main stream media.

May 1st, 2007

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Eugene Kane has posted his take on Saturday’s Wisconsin Blog Summit:

“The folks who found time to speak to me assured me they liked my column and blog even if they didn’t always agree with it. They forgot to mention how they’d give up a lung to have my job.

I think bloggers will continue to increase their relevance and impact as long as they don’t start taking themselves too seriously. It’s good to have folks out there keeping the mainstream media on its toes, generic viagra for sale but it’s important to remember just like the NFL draft, the real game is played on the field.

It’s not in your basement.”

During his bashing of guys posting in their basement Mr. Kane forgot to mention a couple of things:

One of the bloggers in the room that day is a tenured professor at Marquette University.

Another is a Harvard-educated lawyer and adjunct professor at Marquette Law School whose latest paper on the Wisconsin Supreme Court was referenced in a Wall Street Journal editorial.

A third has leveraged his blog writing into frequent appearances as a pundit on television, NPR, and his own column in a local newspaper.

And a fourth owns a Milwaukee-based advertising agency that does work for the Florentine Opera and Harley-Davidson.

Many of the folks in that room are accomplishing things in the real world. They are players in the Cheddarsphere and off.

Considering how one dimensional Mr. Kane’s race-based act is, he might consider taking a more respectful tone when writing about bloggers like these and remember that the newsroom of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel isn’t the only place where writers can have an impact.

PS: I think I’ll hang on to my lungs. I’ve had his job and blogging is infinitely better.

Entry Filed under: Blogs,Milwaukee

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rick Esenberg  |  May 1st, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    I agree with your sentiments (and you could have named more) but I have to point out that I went to Harvard. I think the rules say that I get shot in the left eye if I don’t disavow any connection with the Y-place.

  • 2. Administrator  |  May 1st, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Sorry, Rick!

    I fixed it.

    I couldn’t remember which elitist east-coast institution you attended. I did look on your blog, but you don’t have a giant school mascot on your site. I’d definitely correct that if I were you. ;)

  • 3. Rick Esenberg  |  May 1st, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    What mascot? It’s kind of hard to design a “Crimson” suit.

  • 4. Administrator  |  May 1st, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Harvard doesn’t have a mascot?!

    I’ll loan you mine, if you’d like:

  • 5. folkbum  |  May 1st, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    One of us does the kind of rubber-meets-the-road teaching that others in the room only complain about in their books and on their radio programs.

    Another of us works with the worst of the worst youth at Ethan Allen.

    Another was a reporter for a decade and teaches history at a fine UW institution.

    All of us have multiple degrees, and high marks from bosses.

    It’s not just you self-promotin’ conservatives that do important work.

  • 6. James  |  May 1st, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I think Eugene may have a point. I mean think about it, Who wouldn’t want a job where you can put that little effort into the column and get paid nicely. All you have to do is say it’s racism and all whitey’s fault.

  • 7. Administrator  |  May 1st, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    No insult intended, Jay. Being left out isn’t the same as being excluded. ;)

  • 8. Fuzz Martin  |  May 1st, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Somebody needs to tell Eugene that a new ballpark has been built, and that the old field is becoming more and more obsolete.

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