Musings —03.04.2015 09:57 AM—
The decision is basically incoherent. Fair comment is supposed to be comment, not a statement of fact masquerading as comment, as was the case here. John Baglow, a.k.a. Dr. Dawg, was called a vocal “Taliban supporter.” I’m pretty sure it wasn’t qualified with “in my opinion” or “I think” or anything like that. It was stated as fact.
I want stress, here, that I have no skin in this game. I think the defendant Fourniers are far-Right lunatics, and they associate with neo-Nazis/white supremacists like Paul Fromm and Marc Lemire, among others. Their lawyer proudly represented Ernst Zundel and the like, which should tell you plenty.
I’m also no pal of the plaintiff “Dr. Dawg.” His politics (with the exception of his stance on Israel) are probably closer to mine, but I don’t have anything to do with him, either.
Why? Well, after 15 years of doing this web site, you see, I just find the whole gang of them – Amazingly Fat Cur, Five Feet of Hate, Brain Dead Animal – just really, really predictable. They’ve all been saying the same things, over and over, year after year, to a dwindling number of readers, and they’ve lost the plot.
The lot of them remind me, in fact, of that third season Star Trek episode, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield, with two combatants fighting with each other for eternity, over something no one can even remember anymore.
Like the mainstream media, blogs don’t command the audience that they used to. Readers have moved on to other things, mainly on social media. There are a variety of reasons for that, but for this gaggle of bloggers, there’s this indisputable reason, too:
They’re really boring.