Saturday, March 21, 2009

Brit warns - beware the blogs

Brit Hume is the latest to warn that "teh blogs" are destroying journalism.
What are we getting?…We’re getting bloggers and websites and all sorts of individual entrepreneurs, and we have a vaster menu of choices today than we’ve ever had. But I think that we also have the danger that everything will be presented from one political viewpoint or the other, and that the media that confront us are going to be more partisan than ever — which means that the Media Research Center will have a mission for many years to come, and a good thing that is.
Spoken by one of the GOP's most stalwart watercarriers who only moments later thanked the right wing MRC's talking points division for feeding him most of his "news" stories while he was anchoring at Fox. You ever notice that the media mouths who hate the blogs most are the ones who are really crappy journalists?

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Blogger OpenMindedRepublican said...

Crappy journalists?

Heck, is there any other kind?

The only real difference between conventional media and the blogs and web media is that we all know and acknowledge that the web stuf is slanted.

Conventional media is all about presenting things in the most sensational way possible to get readers and sell advertising.

Give it a few years... someone will develop a news setup for the web that will be orders of magnitude better than anything the MSM ever managed, with depth and follow up instead of flash and forget.

1:35:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

At the end of 2007, WaPo's Hiatt announced how popular the editorialanimists were and gave the hit figures, making no distinctions among the comments as to approval or disapproval of the editorial. Since then I've made a point of avoiding giving hits to the truly inane.

3:47:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

OMR, I hope you're right. We badly need a rational media.

Ruth, I've been using the same strategy. Don't click in, I wait for someone else to post about it and read the excerpts usually and I don't link to them.

That's the trouble with media and the blogs in some cases. They translate hits into credibility without factoring in the mockery metric.

4:19:00 PM  

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