Scruggs Nation, March 13: more motions, more folly about publicity

Let me put it to you this way: say a doctoral candidate in media studies wrote a dissertation on how the mainstream media in Mississippi has been super-aggressive, coming out with investigative stories every couple days on Scruggs, really blowing the coverage out. Do you think this person could defend this malarkey against challenge? Good Lord, wake up and smell the sweet potatoes! There’s hardly been any coverage at all compared to what there should be.

And that stuff about blog readership and the number of people reading the papers? Come on, if you think any blog involved in the day to day Scruggs coverage has had 222,000 people reading it in the past few weeks, you need an intervention and a reintroduction to reality. All those numbers cited? They are all fake. You can measure stuff with any number of deceptive statistics — blog sitemeters are notorious for inflating the traffic to make bloggers feel good about themselves. Same with newspaper circulation figures and online numbers. That’s why I pay no attention to those kinds of things.

I will agree with one thing, however, and that is the disgusting nature of some online comments noted in the brief. I won’t publish garbage like that, and most of the idiots who would write something like that don’t even try me anymore. No matter what we think of what allegedly happened, we are still talking about our fellow human beings here, and let’s remember — each of us is capable of good and evil. That’s why we punish evil — to guard against our tendency to want to do it.

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