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Article title[edit]

I think the title for this article might be better as "Powerline (blog)" rather than "PowerlineBlog". The only place I see the word blog run together with powerline is in the URL Elsewhere the blog is referred to as Powerline. Any other thoughts out there? Dfarmer 15:24, 14 Oct 2004 (UTC)

After looking some more, it is written "Power Line" on the blog itself so I would propose the "Power Line (blog)" as the title of this article. Dfarmer 20:47, 14 Oct 2004 (UTC)

I went ahead and moved the page, having heard no objections. Dfarmer 02:18, 23 Oct 2004 (UTC)

(Actually, the article still has its original title. CWC(talk) 13:14, 22 August 2006 (UTC))


I toned down what I perceived to be some excessive POV, especially among the adjectives previous to my most recent version of this subject.

I'm open to discussion - but it seemed to me to be pretty clear-cut.

Mitchberg 02:45, 15 February 2006 (UTC)

Prior version focused on only 2 issues of policy disagreement with Bush Administration, where encyclopedia should list all major agreement and disagreement. H. Meirs Esq. not a policy position. More encyclopedic now. Getterstraight 05:20, 2 August 2006 (UTC)getterstraightGetterstraight 05:20, 2 August 2006 (UTC)

September Rewrite[edit]

Someone cleaned this up and made it much higher quality and less partisan. Good job. However they also removed accurate information on the overall tone and content trend of this blog, reducing the accuracy of the article. To say the blog "generally" supports the Bush Administration is inaccurate; quantifying their supportive vs critical posts - even including the H. Meirs and Immigration debate periods - shows well over 9 to 1 are supportive. Furthermore, pro-Adminstration and/or anti - Bush critics content make up over half the posts since 2002. Also, they routinely attack the character of their political opponents - an important aspect of the blog.

Please sign your posts (wp:sign). -- Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 16:38, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
 ::: -- {Soto voce:} "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Power Line vs Jimmy Carter[edit]

I've just expanded this paragraph. Here's the old version:

Power Line was criticized for describing former US President Jimmy Carter as being "on the other side" which was interpreted to mean 'sympathetic to terrorists'. Hinderaker later clarified his criticisms but went on to say Carter was "aligning himself with America's enemies" and had "never met an anti-American dictator he did not like." He called Carter "a disgrace", and later a "nut".

I've left out the bits shown in green, partly because my version is already too long.

  • Does anyone have a citation for the "interpreted to mean 'sympathetic to terrorists'" bit? If so, we probably should add it back.
  • Scott Johnson called Carter a nut in the headline of this post. Fairness requires putting the insult into context, but that post is hard to summarize. Have the Powerliners called Carter a nut in other posts?

Comments, edits, etc are welcome. Cheers, CWC(talk) 15:45, 21 August 2006 (UTC) Edited 12:56, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Yes if you do a "Carter nut: search 18 hits come up, including this very srong reference; They have attacked Carter personally dozens of times —Preceding unsigned comment added by Getterstraight (talkcontribs)
The only use of the word "nut" in that post is in the sentence:
It's hard to say who's nuttier, Carter or Matthews.
That sentence and the headline mentioned above would be well within the bounds of normal political discourse here in Australia. I know we're less polite than Americans, but I didn't think the difference was that great.

Well, it is an American site, frequently referenced and described in this article as influential. Political politeness in Australia is not germaine.Getterstraight 06:12, 24 September 2006 (UTC)

Anyhow, I've moved the newly-added sentence here for discussion:

The site had labelled Carter as "a nut" and referred to him as "Mr Peanut" [1][2]
Given that we say they wrote that Carter was "on the other side", does them calling him a nut have much significance?

Yes it is significant indicator that a site has frequently attacked a former and still living president, and does so in this fashion - especially one held in regard as reputable and erudite. It is a significant indicator of the views and expressive tone. As stated already it is a repeat accusation.Getterstraight 06:12, 24 September 2006 (UTC)

Also, should that be "had labelled" or "has labelled"? Cheers, CWC(talk) 09:47, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

Removed "And Mirengoff added" section as it belabors the point, that already comprises a significant part of the article. Getterstraight 06:17, 24 September 2006 (UTC)

Schiavo memo[edit]

I've rewritten the text about the Schiavo memo. It now links to our articles on Brian Darling, Mel Martinez and (gasp!) Schiavo memo. Also, it now uses quote from Powerline itself, rather than tendentious "summaries".

I've retained the final sentence:

Critics accuse Power Line of using innuendo and guilt by association on this and other occasions.

but put a "citation needed" tag on it. There ought to be plenty of URLs for that statement! But I'm going to bed, so someone else can look for them.

Cheers, CWC(talk) 18:09, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

I've now shortened that section by summarising the 3-para quote, as discussed at User talk:Qwertman1. CWC(talk) 01:32, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

the Churchill of our times[edit]

I've removed the bit about Powerline calling George W. Bush "the Churchill of our times", because they haven't, at least not on the blog. (I used the blog's search facility to find all occurrences of "of our times". I used Google to double-check. The phrase "Churchill of our times" never appeared.)

I've also asked for a citation for them calling Bush 44 a "genius", in case the word comes from a sentence like "The genius of the Bush campaign ..."[3].

Cheers, CWC(talk) 01:11, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Hinderaker wrote a lengthy post abput Bush being an unrecognized genius, another about his genius on the environment, and has posted other glowing posts about incredible insight. Youmust not have looked far. Getterstraight 06:01, 4 October 2006 (UTC)
I found this post about the environment in which JH calls Bush a "man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius" (emphasis added) then admits he was being deliberately hyperbolic. There are 3 posts containing the words "incredible" and "insight", but none mention Bush. There are lots of posts containing the word "genius", mostly attached to Karl Rove and prefixed by "evil". Please supply links. Thanks in advance, CWC(talk) 11:57, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Guilt by Association[edit]

In the "Schiavo Memo" section, we say that "Critics accuse Power Line of using innuendo and guilt by association on this and other occasions." I'm sure this is true, but we should try to find links for such accusations.

I tried googling for +(powerline OR "power line") +"guilt by association" but found nothing in the first 120 hits. (Most of the hits are righty blogs accusing Democrats of guilt by association.) Can someone with more patience or better "google-fu" help out?

Cheers, CWC(talk) 03:33, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

Non sequiturs and softening accurate statements (apologists?)[edit]

Some editor(s) keeps adding statements that are extremely obvious, do not increase accuracy, make run-on sentences and difficult reading. Examples: the three lawyers "sometimes disagree with each other" With over 5000 posts and as grown men, why even say it? Getterstraight 06:01, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Republicans or Conservatives AND is that the real point?[edit]

A recent edit removed the text shown here in green:

Another Power Line hallmark is vigorous criticism of Democrats and liberals (and sometimes [[Republican Party Republicans as well[4])

I'm putting it back because (aside of the parentheses mismatch and the irrelevant link) it tells readers something important about the Powerliners: they are conservatives first and Republicans second. (Another way to make the same point is that they wanted Stephen Laffey to beat Lincoln Chafee in the recent primary[5].) For us to come out and say that directly would be WP:OR; the "and sometimes Republicans" bit is quite encyclopedic and demonstrates the point instead of stating it ("show, don't tell"). Cheers, CWC(talk) 12:48, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

I think you have now completely revealed yourself CWC, . You "put it back" for a weak objective reason. In a blog that is VERY STRONGLY THEMATIC you have found an incident (or have you found two?) outside the theme. In contrast I offer statistical analysis and request that the article define that very strong theme You change it for the reason you described above - a reason weak on its face. Again, in a blog with a highly consistent point of view, what relevance is the occassional, no - very occasional, relief from the theme? Is the fact that Genghis Khan once left a an Afghan Prince's home intact worth 8 or 9% of the recounting of his significance in history. No. What compels you to clutter the article with this trivia - have you realized their theme i sstronger than you like and now you want to soften the immage they have chosen on their own? The blog is statistically very very very supportive (nearly 3log) of the BA and very very very negative in its treatment of those not supportive of the BA (4+log). If you disagree - offer some evidence. All I ask is that is describes as what is objectively obvious.
I removed the insignificant material because - it is insignificant
—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)
(I've signed and wikified the preceding comment.)
The fact that Power Line, like most political blogs, is driven more by ideology than by party loyalty is not at all trivial. It's an interesting and important aspect of the impact of Internet technology on politics. It's the same phenomenon saw Ned Lamont defeat Joe Lieberman in the primary.
Does "3log" mean 3 orders of magnitude? If so, is claiming that at most 5 Powerline posts criticised Republicans, an incredible assertion.
Cheers, CWC(talk) 18:31, 5 October 2006 (UTC)

Concerns over unsourced OR[edit]

This article is about 75% unsourced OR. Some secondary RS V sources please. Thanks. - FaAfA 11:19, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

  • Adding unsourced references to "neoconservatives" does not give one confidence in the sincerity of your concerns. - Crockspot 20:02, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
The article admits to PL being Neoconservative - and did so long before I got here. "Power Line's authors typically support President George W. Bush's administration and the "Neoconservative" agenda, especially the Iraq war and the War on Terrorism." - FaAfA (yap) 05:52, 28 February 2007 (UTC)
Hey, FaAFA, try a little harder, please? "The article admits ..."!? Oh, dear.
That they "typically support [snip] the 'Neoconservative' agenda" is quite different from saying they are neo-conservatives.
The real problem, of course, is that "neoconservative" is now a meaningless word.[6] (Why, some people even lump neocons in with WAR and the Klan by seriously claiming they're far right ... ;-] )
All three Powerliners have repeatedly identified themselves as conservatives (using the term in the standard, somewhat misleading U.S. meaning). See and for two examples. Barring something very convincing to the contrary, we should go back to calling them conservatives. I've fixed the article. Cheers, CWC(talk) 13:09, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

Odd. No one wants to be a Neoconservative anymore! So different from those heady days of "Iraquis Throwing Rose Petals at our feet" when being a Neocon was a good thing.

Power Line

Neoconservative blog that voices strong support for Bush and provides conservative commentary on social and political issues.
Category : Republican Conservative
Blogger : John Hinderaker, Scott Johnson, Paul Mirengoff link - FaAfA (yap) 03:35, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

Power Line featured in PBS' 'News Wars'[edit]

I'm watching PBS' News Wars. They just had a segment on the Killian Documents, and a short interview with Scott Johnson of Power Line, which might be transcribed in the link provided. It was the only blog mentioned in connection with the Killian docs - and Johnson didn't share any credit. Nothing like "Those guys at Little Green Footballs and Free Republic helped too". Good feather in the cap for Power Line though. Peace. - FaAfA (yap) 05:48, 28 February 2007 (UTC) Update In the extended online interview he does mention Free Republic. - FaAfA (yap) 08:02, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, FaAFA, for mentioning those interviews. Here are direct links to the interviews with Hinderaker and Johnson. Cheers, CWC(talk) 13:14, 28 February 2007 (UTC)

The most influential blog[edit]

"the most influential blog, not just in America, but because it was so in America, also on the globe" - is there any data how PL clocks in in global readership? Because the statement seems fairly outrageous; "virtually unknown and moves preciously little water outside the US" might actually be closer to the truth... so egregious a claim certainly deserves a reality check. Dysmorodrepanis (talk) 07:45, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Praise from Fellow Traveler[edit]

in addition to Dysmorodrepans's salient point above, it is obvious POV marketing that motivates the inclusion of "fellow blogger" Hu Hewitt's adulation as a description of the blog. It is not close to impartial and it is an inappropriate entry for an encyclopedia. Hewitt is EXTREMELY closely aligned with the Powerline principles: they refer to themselves frequently and admiringly, and host each other on radio shows, etc etc as well. The quote is not valid in the context of objectivity - unlike the Time magazine notation, Hewitt is a Fellow Traveler of POWERLINE. It should be removed.

CWC - Please review this objectively before you make your knee-jerk reversal. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Getterstraight (talkcontribs) 04:35, 1 April 2008 (UTC)

Broken links[edit]

I just went to make a small edit to the article but ended up making lots of changes. The hardest thing I did was update the references, switching to <ref>{{{cite web |...}}</ref>. The problem is that every link of the form is broken, including those in old posts. This annoys me very much. Very, very much.

Having got that off my chest, here are the remaining broken links I haven't fixed yet:


The best way to find the current URLs for these posts seems to be to use the blog's search facility. In a closely related development, those are the refs with no quotes to search for. I've already spent too much time on this article, and would greatly appreciate help with fixing or replacing these links. Please. CWC 11:21, 15 August 2010 (UTC)

I've just replaced #3 with a link to a recent post. Two to go. CWC 09:08, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

"See also" list[edit]

We've had a few edits lately removing/reinstating Little Green Footballs from the See also section, so I took a look and noticed that we mention LGF in the "Rathergate" section, but the style guidelines for "See also" sections suggest not listing articles mentioned in the main text. I felt that this article should mention that a Freeper got the ball rolling, so I've edited that into the article and removed LGF and FR from the "See also" list. (I think it is generally better to keep "See also" sections short.)

But what about the remaining items? Here they are, with my guesses as to why they're listed:

Perhaps our articles about HH and MM used to mention Power Line and/or Rathergate? Should we remove their articles from this list?

What do other editors think? CWC 09:46, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Update needed[edit]

I've just tagged the article as needing an {{update}}. We should mention the departure of Paul Mirengoff, the arrival of Steven Hayward, the new website, etc. Any volunteers?

(Some good news: this site revamp did not break URLs to their articles, unlike the last one.) Cheers, CWC 13:26, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Useful links re Hayward: The Age of Hayward by Scott Johnson, Thrilled to Be Aboard by Steven Hayward. CWC 17:11, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done -- TNKS, Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 17:02, 24 November 2014 (UTC) -- See the note below.

Other coverage section[edit]

Because of where the authors of this blog are based (Wisconsin and the surrounding states,) this blog gained further notice during the Wisconsin insanity surrounding a bill that limited collective bargaining of public employee unions in the state. PokeHomsar (talk) 14:31, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

History of Paul Mirengoff's association[edit]

The lede seemed to want to discuss Paul Mirengoff's exit and return to the blog. I wanted to add information on the event which apparently led up to his exit, a post about the Tucson ceremony following the "Gabrielle Giffords" shootings. I really don't think Mirengoff's exit and return deserve such prominent placement in the lede paragraph, but seeing as that's where they were, that's where I added the explanation. IMO the paragraph should be "below the fold." Frank Lynch (talk)

Yes, Paul Mirengoff is back: From today:: "NOVEMBER 24, 2014 — PAUL MIRENGOFF, IRAN’S WIN-WIN: "The deadline for reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear program expires today without the parties having reached a negotiated agreement. The negotiating period will be extended until July 1 of next year. This development is being reported as “no deal, but there actually is a deal of sorts here. According to the British foreign secretary, Iran will receive about $700 million per month in frozen assets. In exchange, …" -- FYI, Charles Edwin Shipp (talk) 17:04, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Merge proposal[edit]

I'm proposing that all three of the authors of the blog be merged into this one article. It doesn't appear they're noteworthy on their own, their notability is basically reliant on the blog. Input is welcomed. Thargor Orlando (talk) 21:40, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

Indented line No problem here. Frank Lynch (talk) 20:59, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

"One of the largest blogs"[edit]

This statement in the lede paragraph needs some kind of context. Some measure of its rank in terms of other political blogs, on both sides of the political spectrum.Frank Lynch (talk) 03:06, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Order of listing contributors[edit]

Currently Steven Hayward is listed first among the contributors, although he was last to join. I kind of think he should be listed fourth. Others? Frank Lynch (talk) 17:02, 1 February 2015 (UTC)