I’m not a conspiracist by any stretch. Still, in following the “Able Danger” story wherein it is alleged that the 9/11 ringleader’s identity was known two years before that fateful day, I cannot help but observe just how diluted the mainstream media has become. Ten years ago, an Associated Press story like this would move mountains. Today it’s lost in the cacophony of an increasingly fragmented and politicized media environment. I guess it requires a hurricane to commandeer the national news agenda (and the blogosphere to fuel it).