For a guy who knows stuff, Nick Coleman is pretty clueless as to what is happening to him. The substance of Nicky's column has already been dissected, refuted, rebutted, sliced, diced, chopped and ground into a fine powder. There's not really much more I can add to this discussion, so far as it concerns the substance of today's Coleman-meltdown. If you are unfamiliar with the history of this current flame war, Captain Fishsticks has compiled a compendium of links on his blog through which you can get to just about every post on almost every blog that has had something to say about this.
So I'll just step back a pace or two and offer some observations about things that Nick has trouble comprehending that have become apparent through his work over the past two months:
1. Coleman has a gigantic ego. He takes seriously every slight from us gnats in the blogosphere. Ever been told by your parents "ignore the bullies, and they'll go away"? That advice will not be taken by anyone who is constantly trying to save face.
2. Coleman is insecure. See # 1, and add to that the fact that he is carrying on a pissing match with writers who do not bear the imprimatur of "mainstream," and whose exposure to the public is a fraction of his. Perhaps his insecurity lies in his realization that Time magazine has bestowed said imprimatur on this "new media" by issuing the "blog of the year" award.
3. The MSM has traditionally bestowed upon itself the title of watchdog for the public. Now there's a new dog in the 'hood keeping an eye on the watchdog. And the new dog has found that the watchdog does often misbehave. No more free passes for Nick and his ilk. And he hates that.
4. Nick is bald.
5. The truth is the truth, whether it is proclaimed by a MSM reporter or by some guy sitting on the toilet with a laptop.
6. If you have to resort to calling names and ad hominem attacks, Nick, you have already lost the argument. 'Nuff said.
7. Nick is being sucked into the intake like so many seagulls on the runway. Instead of doing his job (reporting human interest stories), he using precious column inches in a MAJOR BIG CITY DAILY arguing with a bunch of people who are doing nothing more than engaging in a hobby (I believe that Rocketman once wrote "the business of blogging is blogging"). If he's not careful, he may find his career shredded.
And that would be a shame. He is such a rich source of material.
UPDATE: The Nick Fisk-Fest has inflated to national status: the Kerry Spot (yes, the Kerry Spot!) weighs in with a lengthy post.