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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Bloggers, Taken to Task, and Given Credit

Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post has a fairly well balanced article in todays paper about the recent attacks on John Murtha's service record. "A Swift-Moving Story" goes into the attacks on Murtha that originated at Cybercast New Service claiming that some of Murtha's stories of Viet Nam heroism may have been embellished.

I'll give Howard credit where it is due, he covered both sides, and the middle on this story. He's quoted from the Huffington Post, who was appalled by the story, and Black Five, who called for folks to get off of Murtha's record.

He also digs into some other stories around the blogosphere, and generally does a good job of beating some of us up for being sloppy, which he should, and gives credit where the facts are straight.

Bloggers are probably going to have to get used to the idea of the MSM biting back a little more than they have in the past, and beating us up. We should, just as we do to them. If folks in the new media world want to be taken seriously as a journalism outlet, they need to uphold the same standards that are demanded from the print/broadcast media.

What this article, which is quite lengthy, shows is that the MSM is starting to spend more time in the "new frontier", and sees it as both competition, and a source. I'm glad they are, because if we keep each other honest, it means that correct information has a better chance of getting to the public.

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Brainster also has a take on this article.

4Comments:

Blogger Jeff H said...

"if we keep each other honest, it means that correct information has a better chance of getting to the public."

Somehow I'm reminded of DOJ vs. Microsoft. Monopolies die hard. Ideologically-driven ones die harder. Billionaire-supported ones typically win in the end.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Uber said...

I think what sets many bloggers apart from msm is the admission to their own personal bias. Many not only don't deny it but are rather proud of it. I like that plenty.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

Yeah and I think we should get equal pay too! (LOL)

I heard a mention of this last night about the blogger world....then minutes ago on Brit Hume about the Murtha - Swift-Moving Story.

Thanks....for great reporting.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Jeff, the difference is for the most part blogs are free, so it's pretty hard for the MSM to price undercut us. Since we have more time and space, it's easy to point out the stuff they miss.

Uber I think that most of the general public would rather see a newspaper advertise it's bias, instead of trying to hide it. And the upside is the market place would then decide which view is more accepted openly.

Suzie - Kurtz did all the reporting, I just do opinions on the reporting, but thank you.

8:59 PM  

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