O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion:
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,
An’ ev’n devotion!
To A Louse
I had a rare experience of that gift today when a curious combination of events led me to read the most recent crop of articles here at Obama Conspiracy Theories as if I were a serious academic viewing the site for the first time. It wasn’t a pretty picture.
What I found was straight-up news stories infected with snide little jabs at the birthers. Now don’t get me wrong: I find nothing wrong with making snide jabs at birthers. What was wrong was mixing snide and news in the same article. If I want this site to be taken seriously, I need to do a better job controlling snide side.
For 2012 I resolve to do a better job of separating straight-up news from commentary. It’s a timely resolution because we can expect a good deal of news in 2012 coming out of the Presidential Election.