Up with blogs!

Have you heard that blogs are a new and important medium? No? Well after reading today's Times, you'll have heard that. The NYTimes has a story today about how conservative bloggers got Eason Jordan (head of CNN's news division) fired. There is a lot of invective I'd like to say about this involving different standards of truthfulness for people on one's side as opposed to one's opponents. Because if, for instance, Rush Limbaugh, could lose his job for making false statements and not fully retracting them, he should be fired every day. But I don't want to make an argument generalizing about everyone on one side of the political spectrum. Instead I'm going to talk about a more interesting article about affirmative actions in law schools.

This article is also, at least in my mind, blog-related. The law review article which the report is based on argues that affirmative action causes lower bar passage rates among African-Americans and therefore fewer total African-American lawyers than there would be without affirmative action. This report, which was in the NYTimes yesterday, was blogged about by the professor who wrote the original article beginning on the fifth of November. Prof. Jim Lindgren, who also writes on the Volokh Conspiracy, was quoted in the Times article. So was Ian Ayres, who blogs over at Balkinization. Basically my point is that anyone who's anyone has a blog now.

If you do follow that link over to Balkin, and then read the Bruce Ackerman article cited to in the second post down, try to figure out what kind of idiosyncratic meaning of "neoconservative" he's using, because I honestly don't know why he thinkgs neoconservative describes Justices Scalia or Thomas. It normally has a lot to do with people's views on foreign policy, but that can't be how he means it there.