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Mike Gallagher rips into bloggers
JeffBlogworthy.com ^ | 2-24-2005 | Jeff Blogworthy

Posted on 02/24/2005 7:21:19 AM PST by Jeff Blogworthy

I just listened to Mike Gallagher spend five minutes ripping into bloggers on his radio show. He started out by talking about the Jeff Gannon scandal, calling him a "creepy guy." Gallagher went on the say that it is the "blogging atmosphere" that allowed the Gannon scandal to happen.

He said that bloggers are a bunch of "geeky losers in their basements cranking out crap on a computer" and that blogging provides "power for freak-shows to harass and destroy individuals."

"I am worried about this trend of legitimizing bloggers," Gallagher said.

He then went on to reveal his ignorance of how blogs work by saying that bloggers send out "thousands and thousands" of emails to people whether they like it or not.

Gallagher continued, "I am not enamored with the bloggers... I think it is a breeding ground for a lot of bad, bad things."

Gallagher stated what really bothers him about blogging is that "anybody can do it."

I take it that Mike Gallagher is not much of a free market individualist, nor does he trust the restraining effect of competition in the marketplace. Bloggers must be controlled! Bloggers are dangerous! No Mike - it is people like you who cannot bring themselves to trust average Americans who are dangerous. Be careful, your elitism is showing.

I listen to Mike's show occasionally and one of the things that has bothered me for awhile is his tendency to yell at and belittle his callers. When someone disagrees with him, he just gets louder and more condescending. Bullying is no substitute for an argument.

(Note: this post was cranked out by a self-confessed geek sitting in his basement home-office, from which a small business operates.)


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: bloggers; blogging; blogs; gallagher; gannon

1 posted on 02/24/2005 7:21:20 AM PST by Jeff Blogworthy
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To: Jeff Blogworthy

I wonder how Mike Gallagher ever got a nationally syndicated show. IMHO his talent is strictly local level quality.


2 posted on 02/24/2005 7:24:44 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (The people previously responsible for this tagline have been sacked.)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy
I think it is a breeding ground for a lot of bad, bad things."

Yes, shall we list a few of those bad things? Free expression of ideas you don't like. Challenging the misinformation of the left. Putting dweebs like you out of business. Making you leftist back up your unsupportable statements. Giving us the place to gather and plan anti-left strategy. Making conservatives aware they outnumber you leftists by better than 3 to 1. Giving us a place post our Adobe artwork (using your face). A good place to meet hot conservative chicks. A good place to meet rich conservative guys.

3 posted on 02/24/2005 7:30:23 AM PST by Casloy
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To: Jeff Blogworthy

Oh yeah, one more. Where else can you see a rabbit with a pancake on its head?


4 posted on 02/24/2005 7:31:34 AM PST by Casloy
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To: Jeff Chandler

Agreed. His show has a contrived & formulaic quality to it.


5 posted on 02/24/2005 7:33:22 AM PST by skeeter ("A nation without borders is not a nation" RW R)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy
Mike "Buggywhip" Gallagher vs. Jeff "Turbine Engine" Blogworthy. The jealousy has been building for months now. The gritting teeth of entrenched old school personalities tossing down the gauntlet, screaming BRING, IT, ON!! And brought it was.. RatherGate, MemoGate, BergerGate, EasonGate... IT'S BIG TURBINE in the lead. No PAYMASTERS to bow to. It's CITIZEN PJ against BLOVIATING IGNORANT SOMEBODIES, HISSING AT PROGRESS!!

It's, THE BLOG......DAMMIT.........


6 posted on 02/24/2005 7:35:30 AM PST by JesseJane ( "I inadvertently took a few documents from the Archives," Berger said.)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy
A disturbing trend for sure. article here
7 posted on 02/24/2005 7:38:15 AM PST by traderrob6 (http://www.exposingtheleft.blogspot.com)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy
He then went on to reveal his ignorance of how blogs work

Yep just like the anti-gunners pushing for gun control yet they don't know the difference newtween a six-gun and a shotgun.

8 posted on 02/24/2005 7:41:27 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Jeff Chandler

ditto.


9 posted on 02/24/2005 7:42:26 AM PST by ken21 ( warning: a blood bath when rehnquist, et al retire. >hang w dubya.< dems want 2 divide us.)
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To: JesseJane

LOL!


10 posted on 02/24/2005 7:44:07 AM PST by Jeff Blogworthy
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To: Jeff Blogworthy
It is time to DESTROY MIKE GALLAGHER!!!!
11 posted on 02/24/2005 7:44:49 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy
Let's see what this would've sounded like, say, 200 years ago and instead of the internet he was talking about the then current form of mass communication:

"...political writers are a bunch of "geeky losers in their basements cranking out crap on a printing press"

"the printing press provides "power for freak-shows to harass and destroy individuals."

"I am worried about this trend of legitimizing the printing press," Gallagher said.

"Gallagher stated what really bothers him about the printing press is that "anybody can do it."

What should really bother people is the way some wish to delegitimize any form of free speech.

12 posted on 02/24/2005 7:45:11 AM PST by PaulJ
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To: Jeff Blogworthy

cuz we can

we are bloggers

nothing can stop us

we are mad with power

mad I tell you


13 posted on 02/24/2005 7:45:31 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy
You do realize there is a huge leftwing blogosphere out there. There are also anarchists and conspiracy blogs as well. He may be talking about them. If you look at everything on an even plane, everyone thinks their ideology is the correct one so who can say that the bloggers on any side are spreading the truth. Lefty blogs I read spread the truth as they know it and the conspiracy sites do the same thing. Blogs are nothing new, they are just prominent now. They do give everyone a voice and that is good. I wonder when some of them will become as arrogant as the MSM. Probably when someone really powerful sponsors one.
14 posted on 02/24/2005 7:48:54 AM PST by satchmodog9 (Murder and weather are our only news)
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To: Lazamataz
It is time to DESTROY MIKE GALLAGHER!!!!

NO!! NO!! NO!! NO!!
It's time for Mike to quit reading DU!!

15 posted on 02/24/2005 7:49:09 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for," - Howard Dean 01/29/2005)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Is he a lefty?

That would explain his hatred for Blogs.

The truth comes out of blogging, because the whole world 'vetts' everything claimed by the Legacy Media.

Liberals hate truth.

16 posted on 02/24/2005 7:56:32 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: satchmodog9
You do realize there is a huge leftwing blogosphere out there. There are also anarchists and conspiracy blogs as well.

It is long past time to have the UN regulate what may and may not appear on the internet.

The UN Ministry of Truth.

17 posted on 02/24/2005 7:57:33 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: Casloy
Putting dweebs like you out of business.

Gallagher is no lefty, but this is the reason he hates bloggers. Bill O'Reilly has been ranting about the Internet for a long time, calling for regulation because it is so "out of control." What bloggers represent is a threat to these (primarily) radio shouters who have had a monopoly for the past decade or so and have made millions of dollars. These guys, and that includes Rush Limbaugh, will have to figure out a way to evolve or they will become completely irrelevent within just a few years.
18 posted on 02/24/2005 8:14:56 AM PST by drjimmy
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To: Lazamataz

Actually, I think Mike is a Libertarian.

His rants remind me of some of the DUmmie FUnnie threads PJ-Comix has here on FR.

I had to quit listening to him. Too many times, he repeats, repeats and repeats himself.


19 posted on 02/24/2005 8:15:00 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for," - Howard Dean 01/29/2005)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy

Who cares?


20 posted on 02/24/2005 8:16:55 AM PST by FreedomSurge
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To: Jeff Chandler

Gallagher sucks, he applauded Reno sending little Elian back to that island gulag known as Cuba.


21 posted on 02/24/2005 8:17:49 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Lazamataz
It is time to DESTROY MIKE GALLAGHER!!!!

Simple - don't listen.

22 posted on 02/24/2005 8:31:49 AM PST by An Old Marine (Freedom isn't Free)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy
Mike is syndicated by the Christian Right Salem Broadcasting.

I think Mike's comments come from the fact that this was going way cool as long as the conservative bloggers make the discoveries and expose the left. But there's also an active left blogsphere and they too will unearth ditties on us that will get traction.

The blogs are as dangerous to conservatives as they are to the liberals. Ask Gannon/Guckert.

23 posted on 02/24/2005 8:37:02 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: joesbucks

Gannon/Guckert also has the blogosphere to thank for discrediting the Leftist critics and exposing them for the hypocrites that they are with their "Look - he's gay!" outing meme. I also note that Gannon has said that he has made "mistakes" rather than being proud of his conduct and promoting homosexuality as a good, alternative lifestyle. He seems rather repentant, which scores big points as far as I'm concerned.

The freedom of the blogosphere is not nearly as dangerous as the institutionalized Left-wing, anti-American Big Media. At least blogs really are the voice of the people.

I am not afraid of Left-wing blogs - all things being equal, the truth will prevail.


24 posted on 02/24/2005 9:01:47 AM PST by Jeff Blogworthy
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To: Jeff Blogworthy

Is he repentant because of being caught, or repentent in the sense of forever repentent.


25 posted on 02/24/2005 9:21:51 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: joesbucks
Only the Lord knows the real answer to that question, of course, but here is what Gannon himself says:

The hard-core Lefties are conducting an exhaustive search for me in cyberspace, which has produced an entertaining mosaic of conspiracy theories. I appreciate all the attention, but I can do without the threats on my person, property and family.

For those out there that still have questions about me and don't think I should be able to be a journalist, here's what you need to know:

"I'm everything people on the Left seem to despise. I'm a man who is white, politically conservative, a gun-owner, an SUV driver and I've voted for Republicans. I'm pro-American, pro-military, pro-democracy, pro-capitalism, pro-free speech, anti-tax and anti-big government. Most importantly, I'm a Christian. Not only by birth, but by rebirth through the blood of Jesus Christ."
26 posted on 02/24/2005 9:57:10 AM PST by Jeff Blogworthy
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To: Lustreking

What does being against homosexual marriage have to do permitting homosexuals to hold a secular job? It is the Left who sought to disqualify him based on his alleged sexuality - you can spin it any way you like. And let's get this straight - apparently Gannon is married and is no longer practicing homosexuality.


28 posted on 02/24/2005 2:23:15 PM PST by Jeff Blogworthy
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To: Arrowhead1952
Nope. Mike is a staunch Republican. I flip back and forth between him and Ed and Sgt. Sam here in Austin. for the most part, Mike is the kind of RINO that thinks government is the answer for every social ill out there.

He can be entertaining while beating up on idiot liberals, but gets grating when he starts in about how he wants government to grow.

29 posted on 02/24/2005 2:34:43 PM PST by Dead Corpse (The neighborhood is pretty dead at night, and I'm the one to blame....)
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To: Dead Corpse

I just don't listen to him, don't like his style at all.


30 posted on 02/25/2005 2:21:07 AM PST by gulfcoast6 (I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength.)
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To: Dead Corpse
I flip back and forth between him and Ed and Sgt. Sam here in Austin. for the most part, Mike is the kind of RINO that thinks government is the answer for every social ill out there.

I listen to Mark, Ed and SGT Sam as well. At 9, I listen to Laura Ingraham and then Rush at noon. Some days I listen to Jeff Ward, but most days I listen to Hannity.

The days Suzanna Huff subs for Jeff, I listen to her. She needs her own radio show. Jeff is too Libertarian for the most part.

31 posted on 02/25/2005 4:32:07 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for," - Howard Dean 01/29/2005)
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To: Arrowhead1952
I hit work between 8-9 depending on traffic. No access to AM there. Listen to Boortz over the web in the morning. On the way home I flip back and forth between Jeff and Savage.

Jeff is Ok as long as he stays away from sports. I can't stand sports TALK. Bunch of armchairs sitting around whining. As for Suzanna, yes she does. Her delivery is pretty good and she's not afraid to go toe to toe with an idiot caller.

I'm more libertarian than Jeff is. Much more.

32 posted on 02/25/2005 7:04:10 AM PST by Dead Corpse (The neighborhood is pretty dead at night, and I'm the one to blame....)
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To: Dead Corpse
The part I can't take about Jeff is, he repeats a subject time and time and time and time and again. Just reminds me of a bandy rooster crowing about nothing.
33 posted on 02/25/2005 7:10:53 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for," - Howard Dean 01/29/2005)
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To: Jeff Blogworthy

I think you can boil down his entire tirade to one fine point.

"Damn! I better negotiate a new long-term contract soon."

And for the record, I only send out /hundreds/ of emails. :)


34 posted on 02/28/2005 3:35:27 PM PST by o4tom (http://www.donegalexpress.net)
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To: o4tom; All

FYI for anybody interested, I posted the audio on my site so you can hear it straight from the horse's mouth.

http://www.jeffblogworthy.com/index.php?/archives/1016-Mike-Gallagher-rips-into-bloggers.html


35 posted on 02/28/2005 3:39:54 PM PST by Jeff Blogworthy
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