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what the District's think tank crowd is reading about the MENA
Reading all these different blog posts, they build a fictional story around my fictional story and some of these are very well known blogs. Ultimately the real story is don’t believe what you read. For all the talk about authenticity and transparency, bloggers are missing the whole checks and balances.

Mark Davidson, who “hacked” his own Twitter feed, posing as a disgruntled ghostwriter (read: an asshole helping to destroy the blogosphere). I’m still reeling after the GG in Damascus scandal, in which the half-Arab Syrian lesbian turns out to be a straight white man from VA. Ugh.

Amazing how these jerks justify their stunts by claiming to be “watchdogs.” No, you’re just destroying everyone’s credibility.