Last week was a great one for cable news watching. Not because any one channel did such outstanding work, but rather because several stories clamored simultaneously for the camera¿s attention. The choices that a channel makes in such situations are usually one of the best barometers of where it really lives.
MacArthur's confrontational, brash persona drew thousands to his Baltimore Spectator blog and Twitter page, where he railed against the city of Baltimore, police and the mainstream media. It was the same qualities that exacerbated an arrest into a standoff thousands of people listened to online.
By By Justin George and Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun
After spending Saturday night listening to and writing about a Baltimore blogger who webcast and tweeted his through a five-hour standoff with a police S.W.A.T. unit, I promised myself at least 24 hours to try and coherently think through the meaning of the event.