January 20, 2005
heh. I think this might be me
Never mind where I found this. I might hurt somebody's feelings with a link. But I do like the blind egotism and the arrogance in this statement.
The News Beast must be fed. Some bloggers are as contemptuous of news professionals as some news professionals are contemptuous of bloggers. I read about one blogger who basically said journalists are not intelligent. REALLY? How MANY does he know? If you vetted that statement you'd probably find not too many; certainly anyone who has talked to any editorial board (even if you disagree with it) or editor (even if you don't like the paper) will usually find someone who knows an awful lot and agonizes over the choices presented to the public.
If he was referring to me, I can answer that question. I know a BUNCH of them and very few have ever earned my respect. I KNOW how much effort most of them put into research and I also know that their biases drive the point of the story. Show me ONE "environmental" reporter who isn't a tree-hugging, green-weenie, who relies on Greenpeace press releases to stock her columns (notice how most environmental reporters are wimmen?) and maybe I'll say I'm mistaken.
But that ain't gonna happen. The evidence is out there. "Reporters" ignore it.
And that's the issue: if blogs...which necessarily reflect the writerís personality...can get info out quickly on issues, they'll play a key role. If they degenerate into sites that merely attack and name call politicians (and other bloggers) they'll be fringe info sources.
Unlike the New York Times? Unlike Dan Rather? C'mon. You can do better than that.
My blog has no political agenda and I hate EVERYBODY. I don't claim to be breaking news, nor do I want to. I kinda like being on the lunatic fringe of blogdom, where I have found a happy little niche. I like doing this a lot better than I ever liked doing "real" journalism, which I did, once upon an unhappy time.
I never found editors to be all that smart.
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