Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Kurtz on Bloggers

Today's "Media Notes" column by Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post is, as usual, worth reading. It's long and covers a lot of topics. Perhaps the most interesting is the detailed discussion at the start of the column on the impact of blogs. A very brief sample:

In the wake of Eason Jordan's resignation at CNN, have bloggers become a new and fearless source of fact-checking and truth-telling? Or are they, in the poke-'em-in-the-eye phrase of Steve Lovelady of Columbia Journalism Review, "salivating morons" who comprise a "lynch mob"?

I lean toward the view that the rise of blogs is a healthy development and is forcing the MSM (how did the mainstream media get stuck with a three-letter initial?) to become more accountable, rather than display their old we-stand-by-our-story arrogance. There is, to be sure, plenty of partisan noise and mean-spirited attacks out there, but also a lot of thoughtful and ground-breaking posting on stories, or angles, either missed or minimized by the MSM types.

I agree with Kurtz. Since I started reading blogs a few short months ago, I've been amazed at the intelligence, quality research, and skilled writing evident in many of them. And I'm not necessarily talking about the megablogs that get a gazillion hits a day. Some that aren't so widely read are absolutely excellent and deserve much more attention.


Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

Another aspect of this is that blogs are used for niche news. There is so much that is newsworthy to a segment of our population but just can't make it into the major publications. Blogs are filling that gap.

3:51 AM, February 16, 2005  

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