Tim’s new horizon in blogging

It’s well over-time to acknowledge Tim Dunlop’s spectacular blogging achievement in undertaking an in-depth, multiple part review of former White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke’s book Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror. Tim combines his book review with an ongoing analysis of current US political events involving Clarke, especially Bush Administration reactions to his Senate testimony, making for a compelling commentary on US political events in the run-up to November’s Presidential election.

I’m especially impressed by Tim’s latest instalment (Richard Clarke 18), which exhibits a nuanced scepticism about Clarke, and a recognition of the complexity and frequent ambiguity of political choices not always present in some of the earlier instalments (and never present in Tim Blair’s work).

This is a series which exemplifies the potential that blogging has to achieve things to which conventional political journalism simply can’t aspire, and a challenge to the rest of us who believe that blogging can fulfill an invaluable role in a genuinely liberal democratic society. Unfortunately it’s a challenge to which I won’t be rising in the immediate future due to pressure of other work (not to mention an all-consuming romantic obsession against which blogging takes a distant second place).

PS – Speaking of Tim Blair, it sounds horribly like the ABC is thinking about saddling him up as co-host on Media Watch with David Marr!!!! Oh God! It’d be like World Championship Wrestling for geeks!!! Can blatantly appalling right-wing bias balance blatantly appalling left-wing bias, I wonder? Or will we just have our intelligence insulted from both directions at once?

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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David Tiley
2021 years ago

Oh you mean… make Media Watch an exact analogue of Australian politics, complete with the appalling insults..

Ken, you are a Catholic and an educated man. How can the life of the flesh overtake the life of the mind?

How will your fell armadillos rise to the challenge of the empty dates? Watch this space..

David Tiley
2021 years ago

Sorry, fellow not fell.. tho I do like the vaguely LOTR implications of the hobbits threatened by bands of fell armadillos.

Ron Mead
Ron Mead
2021 years ago

It appears Timmy has been playing silly buggers on April 1.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2021 years ago

Exactly Ron. A Blair/Adams “Late Night Live” co-hosting gig would be more plausible.

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
2021 years ago

Oh thank God for that. I’d rather be an April fool than contemplate the prospect of Blair and Marr together, even on a program I don’t watch. Then again, my daughter made me watch Popstars last night, and I found it strangely compelling in a repulsive sort of way.

James Hamilton
James Hamilton
2021 years ago

Hi Ken

Could you please pass on to your daughter that we need her to vote for Nick de Zilwa, who is part of a duo I’m told and also Daniel Hamil. Both are students at a performing arts school in Perth where I work. Why should she support West Australian music students? Because they are not from Sydney or Melbourne.

TJW
TJW
2021 years ago

I watched Richard Clark on NBC Meet the Press the other night. He seems to be really sure of himself. As though he is unable to comprehend any way in which he might be wrong about something.

Tim
Tim
2021 years ago

Thanks, Ken. Greatly appreciated.

David Tiley
2021 years ago

Just for a second there I thought the Tim above was Tim Blair.

tim
tim
2021 years ago

Thanks, Ken. Greatly appreciated.

Ken Parish
Ken Parish
2021 years ago

You see, both Tims have hearts as big as all outdoors.

Rex
Rex
2021 years ago

I think we’ll find that Tim Blairs forthcoming appearance on the ABC will be on Mondo Thingo.

Ranking right up there in importance with Razor Scooters and Lava Lamps.

mark
2021 years ago

How ’bout a Blair/Adams double-act on “Popstars Live”?

(Well, since “Red Faces” ain’t around anymore…)