New media at its finest, enabling a curious public to focus in upon a subject without spending hours or days searching the web, or being forced to rely on one set of editorial judgments about what matters and what does not. The traffic that will be generated by Rezkorama could have gone to the Chicago Tribune or the Sun Times, but they are covering the trial the old-fashioned way by trying to trap traffic at their site when in fact they can’t possibly provide the links to the rapidly bubbling story. Ditto the WaPo, RealClearPolitics, PrimeTimePolitics, and Politico –all these groups have to figure out that aggregator newsfeeds that include blogs are the coin of the realm when a big story suddenly breaks. Make it easy for readers to find the details of the stories they want. When I want a choice of analysis, my first stop is Townhall where my preferred columnists are aggregated. When I want news, I go wherever the news is. When I want news on one subject, I wish for a blog/MSM aggregator. The first to put one up and maintain the comprehesive links wins the traffic race.
Now, on Rezko.
Here’s Hitchens on my show yesterday:
HH: Barack Obama will inevitably be offered the second position, unless the Rezko thing is even worse than we think. If he’s drawn in…
CH: It got a lot worse, I think, since Mrs. Clinton so ineptly raised it the first time, because of the appearance on the scene of this very dubious Iraqi, Mr. Nadhmi Auchi…sorry, for your listeners who want to Google him, Auchi, first name Nadhmi. I’m doing a bit of work on him myself, but what can be found out by anyone is pretty shady. And he suddenly gives a huge trench of money across the Atlantic to the man who provided the Obama family’s mortgage.
Obama needs to brave the MSM pack on all things Rezko in a much more effective way than on his first try as the Rezko trial coincides with the long march to Pennsylvania, where the Democrats’ political Gettysburg is waiting. Not answering every question about the partnership with Rezko is to doom not just his campaign but the Veep slot, and refusing to stand and handle every single question for the hour or two it takes to get repetitive is a disaster. He has to take the scandal and turn it into sympathy –tough but not unheard of, though impossible from behind the walls.