It was coined during the Killian documents controversy during the U.S. presidential election campaign of 2004, in which webloggers were derided by Jonathan Klein, a former CBS News executive vice-president for vigorously challenging the accuracy of a 60 Minutes story by CBS anchor Dan Rather. Klein is reported as saying, "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances (at CBS), and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing." Webloggers who were pursuing the story such as Little Green Footballs , Power Line , and Jim Geraghty at National Review Online took this insult and turned it into a variety of humorous self-deprecating descriptions of their form of online activism. As Andrew Sullivan noted in response to Klein's remarks: "Actually, I'm in sweatpants and a tanktop. But of course, it doesn't matter a jot what a fact-checker is wearing as long as his facts are correct. CBS's apparently aren't."
As topics swirl across the Internet, our language changes ; If you don't buy a new dictionary every week or so, sometimes it's hard to keep up with new terms.
Dec 06, 2004; M.D. Harmon staff writer Portland Press Herald (Maine) 12-06-2004 As topics swirl across the Internet, our language changes ; If...