Interesting post over at pjnet. In fact, it reads just like a news article, so is it one? A debate for another day.
Anyway, NY Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller announced that she’s “gone cold turkey and stopped” reading blogs. At first glance, this seems like a bad move — akin to a buggy whip manufacturer saying he’s going to quit reading reports about this new “horseless carriage.”
Interesting that Bumiller wouldn’t want to read blogs. How else does she know if she’s actually reporting on subjects people are interested in reading? Of course, that assumes that she thinks she’s reporting for the public.
Blogs can only do reporters good. It forces them to correct mistakes and acknowledge errors in judgment. If comments from critics — on the left and the right — are heard and weighed, the end product will be more objective journalism.
The reporter’s motto for blogs should be: Take what you need and leave the rest.