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Always Be Sure of Your Answers When You Ask Question

Posted by Mark on February 15, 2005

From Fool’s Blog:

Why Lawyers should never ask a witness a question if they aren’t prepared for the answer:

In a trial, a Southern small town prosecuting attorney called his first witness to the stand -a grandmotherly, elderly woman. He approached her and asked,”Mrs.Jones, do you know me?”

She said,”Why, yes I do know you, Mr.Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.”

The Lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs.Jones, do you know the defense attorney?”

She again said, “Why yes, I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He’s lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can’t build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women, one of them being your wife. Yes, I know him.”

The defense attorney almost died. The judge asked both counsellors to approach the bench, and in a very quiet voice, said, “If either of you bastards asks her if she knows me, I’ll throw your sorry asses in jail for contempt.”

One of the best laughs I’ve had in a very long time….

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Ah The Wonders of the Blogosphere

Posted by Mark on February 15, 2005

Once upon a time, there was a blog called Libertarian Girl. I’d never heard of it, until the truth was revealed. Apparently the picture has changed, in more ways than one.

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Eason Jordan: The Reformation Continues

Posted by Mark on February 15, 2005

How things change over a weekend. When I left to go under the knife, the Eason Jordan blogswarm was in full cry. Now, he’s gone, the media has tried unsuccessfully to put the focus on the bloggers instead of Jordan’s foolishness, and the cleanup has begun. Many places to look for the cleanup, and none of them are in the Mainstream Media. Hugh Hewitt, of course has a great soummary, as does Jim Geraghty at TKS. Noone has done a better job of covering the aftermath than Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine though. Here’s the ending to a profound post:

Should we bloggers and we journalists keep watch on each other to improve the quality of discourse and the reliability of the reporting? You bet. That’s what these journalists are trying to do with bloggers. And that’s what the bloggers were trying to do with CNN.

But I can’t resist noting whose language — lynch mob, McCarthyism, Taliban, Gang of Four, morons — was the more fiery and who sounded more like a lynch mob.

The paradigms are shifting, and Mainstream Journalists can be expected to become more shrill as they lose more readers, and therefore power. Not all that different from their political colleagues on the left in Washington.

Last night, a caller to the Hugh Hewitt Show said this:

“The blogosphere is to the media what internal affairs is to any law enforcement agency. Nobody likes them, and they are absolutely necessary.”

A very good analogy. Not quite up to the Protestant Reformation analogy of Mr. Hewitt, but very good indeed.

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Ah The Wonders of the Blogosphere

Posted by Mark on February 15, 2005

Once upon a time, there was a blog called Libertarian Girl. I’d never heard of it, until the truth was revealed. Apparently the picture has changed, in more ways than one.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Eason Jordan: The Reformation Continues

Posted by Mark on February 15, 2005

How things change over a weekend. When I left to go under the knife, the Eason Jordan blogswarm was in full cry. Now, he’s gone, the media has tried unsuccessfully to put the focus on the bloggers instead of Jordan’s foolishness, and the cleanup has begun. Many places to look for the cleanup, and none of them are in the Mainstream Media. Hugh Hewitt, of course has a great soummary, as does Jim Geraghty at TKS. Noone has done a better job of covering the aftermath than Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine though. Here’s the ending to a profound post:

Should we bloggers and we journalists keep watch on each other to improve the quality of discourse and the reliability of the reporting? You bet. That’s what these journalists are trying to do with bloggers. And that’s what the bloggers were trying to do with CNN.

But I can’t resist noting whose language — lynch mob, McCarthyism, Taliban, Gang of Four, morons — was the more fiery and who sounded more like a lynch mob.

The paradigms are shifting, and Mainstream Journalists can be expected to become more shrill as they lose more readers, and therefore power. Not all that different from their political colleagues on the left in Washington.

Last night, a caller to the Hugh Hewitt Show said this:

“The blogosphere is to the media what internal affairs is to any law enforcement agency. Nobody likes them, and they are absolutely necessary.”

A very good analogy. Not quite up to the Protestant Reformation analogy of Mr. Hewitt, but very good indeed.

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