November 06, 2007

Best New Blog -- Contentions

Can I ask you all to vote one more time in the Wizbang 2007 Weblog Awards? Commentary Magazine's group blog Contentions, which I contribute to, was nominated for Best New Blog.

If you haven't bookmarked it yet, you might want to consider it. Lots of great material is published there every day.

You can read all my Contentions articles here.

You can read all my former co-blogger Noah Pollak's Contentions material here.

And you can vote for Contentions as the Best New Blog here.

I'll try to have something more substantial for you to read shortly.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at November 6, 2007 11:45 AM

As the only dedicated, pro-Israel video blog, in our category 'Best Video Blog,' Democracy Broadcasting News would be grateful for you and your readers' daily votes to elevate the significance of our message into the top 5 (of 10 places). Thank you for your generous support.

Posted by: DemoCast at November 6, 2007 12:57 PM

No way.

Posted by: glasnost at November 7, 2007 07:23 AM

I voted for your blog, but because of John Podhoretz's recent appointment as editor of Commentary, and the fact that he posts on Contentions, it's impossible for me to do as you ask.

I think John Podhoretz's appointment is a tragedy. It's the destruction of an extremely important magazine.

Posted by: robbie1687 at November 8, 2007 12:00 PM

Robbie, I'm interested in why you say that. Do you feel it's just old-fashioned nepotism, and that there were surely more qualified candidates?

Posted by: Meg at November 8, 2007 09:24 PM

Michael, I voted for you and I also attended one of your sessions at Blogworld. I posted my notes from the session here.</>

Posted by: K T Cat at November 9, 2007 05:10 AM

The clouds that blocked the view have cleared and hey, I can see you...

Sent you an email from a different account than previous. Hopefully will actually see you soon.

Posted by: Greyhawk at November 9, 2007 10:03 AM

Meg, as you undoubtedly know, there has been a lot of speculation on blogs that Mr. Podhoretz's appointment must be due to nepotism.

I'm reluctant to join in this speculation because I think it's part of an unhealthy trend in our country's politics in which people attack other people's motives (in this case, the motives of Commentary's directors) instead of debating issues (in this case, the question of whether Mr. Podhoretz is well-suited to the job).

But I can't resist adding this thought. All of the critical speculation is based on two assumptions: (1) That Mr. Podhoretz will reorient Commentary in a low-brow direction, and (2) that such a change is obviously indefensible. But I think the second assumption is unfounded. I think it's quite possible that Commentary's board wants to raise its subscription numbers by appealing to a broader audience. Mr. Podhoretz was a successful columnist and editorial page director for years at the New York Post, a mass-market tabloid that has a primarily blue-collar readership. If the board wants to expand Commentary's readership, Mr. Podhoretz may very well be the perfect guy for the job.

If this is their reasoning, I think it's unfortunate, but it wouldn't be nepotism.

Posted by: robbie1687 at November 9, 2007 01:13 PM

Mike, congrats on winning your category. Good on Ya!

Posted by: CoRev at November 9, 2007 02:01 PM

More congrats!

Posted by: mary at November 9, 2007 02:16 PM

Congrats -- and who would you have voted for of the others?

I hadn't even seen My Marrakesh, but so unlike yours, a great vist. (not my daily style tho)

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at November 9, 2007 04:05 PM

Sorry Michael, your silly half grin isn't as cool looking as I'd expect at Blogworld (Glenn posted it) -- plus he didn't include a link (this time).

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at November 9, 2007 05:57 PM

Congrats, Michael!

Posted by: TmjUtah at November 10, 2007 09:54 AM
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