Chrenkoff vs. Cole: A Question
Arthur Chrenkoff has said that he will be retiring/taking a break from blogging, but it hasn't happened yet. He has something like the ultimate Chrenkoff post here: All the Good News From Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pixy Misa once remarked to me that "for every blogger, there is an equal and opposite blogger" -- meaning that the blogosphere, is, in a sense, Newtonian. While the analogy is not perfect, it has a lot of merit.
I have long thought that Juan Cole is the opposite number from Chrenkoff. He certainly seems to have a big catalog of bad news which he shares with the world. I often wondered --continuing the physics analogy -- if you brought the two of them into the same room, would there would be an enormous explosion, like when matter and anti-matter meet?
I decided to see if they ever came in contact. I googled Chrenkoff's site for mentions of Cole; there are eight -- three of them are google duplicates, leaving five.
I repeated the process for Cole's site, looking for mentions of Chrenkoff. There are none.
Not a one.
Perhaps Google is flawed -- because certainly, if one believes that Iraq is so full of bad news as Cole seems to suggest, one would think he would, at some point in the last two and a half years, have taken the time to review evidence to the contrary.
He is, after all, a trained academic, and pursuing the truth in a spirit of fair and impartial inquiry is his business, when he's not relating the daily summary of car bombings, executions, and all-around hideousness which he seems to find with relative ease.
And it's not as if Chrenkoff has been hiding under a rock -- his summary has been mentioned on Instapundit numerous times, and featured in The Wall Street Journal online. Everyone cites him.
I'm curious -- is Juan Cole ignoring Arthur Chrenkoff on purpose? Does he only read sites that reinforce his existing opinion? Does he not deign to read Chrenkoff, as Chrenkoff lacks the requisite academic "credentials"?
Or is it a simple case of blogger physics -- bring Juan Cole into contact with Chrenkoff and his head will explode?
Inquiring minds want to know.