There’s no doubt that Time magazine’s Powerline blog has been a huge success, a lot of people have been reading it and it has received a coveted “Blog of the Year” award. But the reason why this blog is such a hit is that it’s actually about much more than just politics. It’s about a variety of issues, including Paul Meringoff’s career and the controversy surrounding The Killian.
Time magazine’s first-ever “Blog of the Year”
Power Line, a partisan news blog published by Publir LLC, has been named by Time magazine as the best of the year’s blogs. This is not surprising considering the fact that Power Line is one of the most visited blogs on the Internet, attracting over 3 million hits a month. The site also boasts a mobile application that lets users connect with other conservative commentators on the go.
The Power Line’s mobile app is one of its many innovations. It allows readers to select their favorite writers and invite them into their lives. Aside from being a useful tool, the application provides a glimpse into the lives of some of the most influential figures in the world of politics and culture.
One of Power Line’s most impressive feats is its ability to accurately and quickly verify claims in its articles. Considering that a Power Line blog receives hundreds of e-mails a day, the team’s ability to check facts and fiction is no small feat.
For the first time in its five-year history, Time magazine awarded a “Blog of the Year” prize to a web publication. As part of the award, Power Line will receive $10,000 for a one-year subscription to Time magazine.
The Killian documents controversy
There have been a lot of allegations about the Killian documents, including the possibility that they were forged for political purposes. A number of blogs have questioned their authenticity.
The documents allegedly came from the personal files of Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, who was the then commander of the Texas Air National Guard.
After the report aired, it was discovered that there were substantial questions about their authenticity. Document experts, some of whom were involved in the investigation, were skeptical. Moreover, there was no single witness to verify the memos’ authenticity.
CBS was criticized for insufficiently researching the story. Ultimately, it admitted the memos were questionable. But it denied assertions by the Killian family, James and Will, that the memos were forgeries. It also deferred to an expert, Marcel Matley, to determine the validity of the memos.
Many conservative blogs quickly emerged with evidence that the Killian documents were forgeries. These included a former attorney in Atlanta who said the memos were fabricated. Another blog, Daily Kos, refuted the claim that the documents were superimposable.
Other bloggers and commenters challenged the document’s typography and anachronisms. Eventually, CBS Interactive prefaced the online version of the report with a statement that the document was not based on recovered documents alone.
Paul Meringoff’s career
In 1992, Paul Mirengoff was asked to contribute to the Power Line Blog, a conservative political website. He was an alum of Dartmouth College, and he had recently written several articles for the Washington Post. At the time, he was not very familiar with the term “blog”.
Mirengoff was a little out of his league. For the record, he is a former attorney. He specialized in employment law. His articles were published in The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, and FrontPage Magazine. During his career, he was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a law firm in Washington, D.C. He also had a practice in Indian law.
Mirengoff had been writing for Power Line for almost twenty years. He has been criticized by his fellow conservatives for his controversial comments. As a result, he decided to retire from blogging. Although the comments were incorrect, he did apologize for them. Despite this, his former colleagues were quite angry. They thought it was a bad move on his part.
Another Power Line alumnus is writer and radio host John Hinderaker. In 2004, he wrote an article about a series of forged documents that were allegedly detailing President George W. Bush’s military service in the Texas Air National Guard. The story generated some controversy, but it was not until later that the story was unmasked.