HoT Attacked by Journo for Doing Media’s Job

Don Davis of the Republican Eagle devoted an entire article to spreading FUD about political blogs, one of his targets being Hammer of Truth:

Then there is “Hammer of Truth, common sense shoved up your … .” It reprinted, without added comment, a news release from Sue Jeffers, a long-shot former Libertarian candidate challenging Pawlenty.

Sure, we rebroadcasted a press release, but were we deceptive? Not in the slightest. And I’d wager that the “added comment” was more than ample in the 18 comments left by our readers.

I really feel no need to justify us posting things like press releases in full, so long as we offer full disclosure (we did). What I do take umbrage to is journalists attacking blogs because, god forbid, we’re becoming more efficient at spreading news (especially about third parties) than the traditional media.

And it’s not like Hammer of Truth is a clearing house for Libertarian press releases, as anyone who reads this site with any regularity knows that we have plenty of opinion to go around on the content we cover. Journalists like Davis need to stop whining about how blogs are partisan and start competing with them on the content they are missing. Anyone with half a brain didn’t need to read his article to know this, and if he had taken two seconds to read our “About” page, you would have seen this:

In an attempt to be a modern-day provocateur in the political realm, this blog exists in order to expose the lies and corruption of both major parties. And while we are admittedly libertarian-leaning and openly advocate Libertarian Party candidates and policies, we are also introspective and take our own party to task from time to time.

Perhaps if Davis were actually writing about politics instead of trying to thrash bloggers, he might have seen fit to not only “bring readers both sides of a story” as he puts it… but to start bringing them all sides.

Until journalists start doing that for third parties and libertarians, we’re not going anywhere. And Davis is free to shove his “warning” on blogs up his…

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. Ironically, you used the press release as many news media outlets do: in whole with few changes aside from editing areas. That is the point of a press release. has used them in the past. And HoT cited it was the release from the Jeffers campaign. But Don Davis represents the mindlessness of mainstream media – it attempts to define the reader as a first-grader with no comprehension of the material and unable to parse and filter information. I read a wide variety of sources and each source is put through my own cognitive filters with respect to the source I’m receiving it from.

  2. The real irony here is that Don Davis sang the praises of Michael Brodkorb and his blog, Minnesota Democrats Exposed!
    Be careful of propaganda… unless it’s the variety I belive in! Hah!

  3. Hm. I got to official spammers’ list here. But. Nick Wilson, can you hear me? If you want some more feedback on the impact of your World Liberty research, please give your working e-mail address: Sorry for offtopic. It is tough.

  4. Most if not all newspapers, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, reprint AP stories verbatim as well as press releases. What’s the issue?

    Very silly article.