Thursday, January 20, 2005

Pyongyang on the Potomac: V

Are bloggers missing in action? Jay Rosen criticizes the Pit-Bull Terriers of the blogosphere for not “chomping down” on the Armstrong Williams corruption case and investigating issues related to payola and the press. Rosen writes:
Bloggers are supposed to be a little more curious than most. They are supposed to apply a second degree of scrutiny as they do 'their job' in the new ecosystem of news. When the press pack goes that-a-way they ought to look this-a-way more."
So, where is the blogger style investigation to expose other "Payola Pundits?" Can the blogosphere launch a collective inquiry that rivals the right-bloggers furious response to Dan Rather's "60 Minutes" report on Bush's military service? Instead, many bloggers have become mired in a comparitively miniscule cat fight over whether a few of their own should have pocketed money from the Dean campaign -- even though they diclosed the arrangement to their readers at the time. Get over it! If anyone is willing to take up the more important investigation of payola, please let me know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

(I did read the whole pressthink post.)

Is this a new low -- the suggestion that the paid media can't be expected to bring bad news, or fight the tide of fake news and payola, while "bloggers" -- co-opted as some kind of second-class auxiliary -- can now be blamed for any failures to expose specific building blocks of the big lie?

@T /