Thursday, February 24, 2005

Mike Gallagher on Bloggers

One of the people I see on television a lot -- well maybe not a lot, but enough that it's like "Oh, he's on again?" -- is Mike Gallagher. I only know him from being a talking head on Fox News. He used to be on WABC radio in New York, but since I don't live anywhere near there, I never heard him there. He now has a syndicated show based in New York and Dallas. I've never heard it. I don't know anything about his show. But apparently others have. I followed a link on HundredPercenterNews to Jeff Blogworthy who said that he heard Gallagher's show and didn't care for something Gallagher said about bloggers:
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."

[read the rest ... and listen to the audio!]


Well, I went to Gallagher's Web site and looked around.

He offers some stuff for free, but he has some content that you got to pay to get to. And I'm not breaking out the old Visa card and coughing up $49.95 to hear it. Or to read the stuff he has posted in the premium section.

Gallagher made his warnings about bloggers, about how anyone can do it, about how he's worried about (the) trend of legitimizing bloggers, and the like. But I noticed something about his Website.


He has a blog. And it's on the "Gallagher Gold" section ... the part you must pay to access!

Seems that Gallagher was right about blogging: It's bad that "anybody can do it."
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19 comments:

  1. but it's funny when you do it!

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  2. Hey, Mike Gallagher. If Mike really said this: You think anybody being able to have a blog makes it wrong? Can't anybody have, anything? I mean, people make decicions. You really think blogs are wrong? Arn't they just websites? Files, another form of communication in network form? What about free speach?

    I do not understand the point of going after us. There are good blogs and bad blogs, like with most things. And there are LOTS of blogs. And LOTS of radio shows, newspapers, etcetera!

    Come on, Mr. Gallagher, you are better than this! Right?

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  3. I was always a fan of Mike when I could here him on my local channels, but he needs some educating about bloggers. First of all, not all of us are geeky-losers cranking out crap in our basements. Geez, I don't even have a crapper in my basement! Anyway, point is, he gets paid to spout his opinions. I think he is just worried that others will look for similar, and probably better opinions for free in the blogosphere. Tough break Mike!

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  4. Gallagher is a Limbaugh-wannabe, except Gallagher hasn't lost the weight plus he has a pesky lefty wife.

    He's a poseur and generally unlistenable.

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  5. Mr. Gallagher should realize that bloggers are no more than the 21st Century pamphleteers. Some do it well (our Basil), some do it loudly (Wonkette), and some are awful ("Well, it's Tuesday and I'm really bored. Life sucks") but so f'ing what? Bloggers and their individual blogs will gain credibility through their quality, ability to entertain, and credibility. Uh, kinda like the rest of the media.

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  6. Links

    I have a question: who? Noel muses on the left's shifting definition of free speech, featuring Larry Summers and Ward Churchill. Rae's in town to do the Larry Elder (TV) Show! Way to go! Acidman has his readers contributing to

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  7. I now have audio - for the skeptical.

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  8. John:
    Thanks!

    Jeff:
    I've updated to mention you have the audio. Thanks!

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  9. Mike Gallagher rips into bloggers

    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

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  10. Almost anything can be abused. It has been that way for ages, if not forever. Blogs and bloggers themseves are not a big threat.

    With Mr. Gallagher thinking some of like he did in that clip, we would have no light bulbs or ink pens.

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  11. Let us wait to see if he sees the light...

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  12. I think Gallagher was more (less?) than just clueless - bloggers sending out thousands of e-mails? It's one thing to rant about something that pisses you off, but you should have *some* idea what you're talking about.

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