Wednesday, February 02, 2005


What to Make of Blogs

Journalistic status of bloggers contemplated

When Big Media writes about bloggers, they often make me laugh. I think this line from the linked story...

Are they journalists with an obligation to check facts, run corrections, and disclose conflicts of interest? Or are they ordinary opinion-slingers, like barbers or bartenders, with no special responsibilities or rights?

Oh, 'professional' journalists may have an obligation to check facts, run corrections and disclose conflicts of interest, but they rarely do. Jason Blair, Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher and Fred Barnes are just a few the immediately come to mind.

The age of phampleteering is back, in electronic form and the professional media will just have to get used to it.

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