As with sex or real estate, it is often best to keep the lights off.
Mega-bloggers like Glenn Greenwald at Salon picked up on this, noting that it apparently constitutes a call from a prominent columnist at America's best political reporting paper for less stringent coverage of politics. The result? The comments thread attached to Cohen's article on the Post's Web site had, as of 1:30 on Wednesday, more than 100 pages of comments about the article-- the vast majority of them overwhelmingly negative. Cohen is accused of being a cocktail party-frequenting limousine liberal who doesn't believe the same laws that apply to most people (perjury, for instance) should apply to the rich and connected.
The Post has, in my opinion, the best Web site of any major newspaper, and features almost every technological bell and whistle you could think of. But so far, no response from Cohen to his hundreds of detractors. The concept of "engagement with your audience" doesn't mean much if no dialogue takes place.
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