October 12, 2004

News Flash! Reuters Discovers Blogs!

File this under "Oh, Dear God."

Reuters, ever the reliable news source, has discovered that individuals with opinions are publishing them online, and that some of the aforementioned folks with opinions might be, oh, I don't know, biased!

Here's an example of hard-hitting investigative reporting at its finest, folks:

Many bloggers have been so partisan that they have even raised money for the candidate of their choice -- something that has led most media watchers to take much of what appears on the sites with more than a grain of salt.

Oh, you mean "grains of salt" that prompt "serious media analysis" like this:

"Blogs probably pretty accurately reflect the level of polarization and paranoia and frustration among everyday Americans that the entire campaign reflects," said Vanity Fair media critic Michael Wolff, characterizing the new form of overtly-biased journalism as "the voice of the mob."

As opposed to the more polite, less overtly biased and let's not forget "accurate" "journalism" from "sources" like "Reuters" that we've come to love and trust.

I can't decide if Reuters is actually this far behind the times or if this article was accidentally published a year and a half too late. The remainder is formulaic nonsense:

Thrill to the air of intellectual seriousness achieved by the inclusion of quotes from a random academic! Never mind that the academic in question holds the dubious title of "pop culture professor."

Gasp as the internet's dark underbelly--that some denizens of the 'net are certifiable--is revealed!

Freak out completely at the discovery that both the left and the right come under attack online!

And share a beer with Irony when the article glosses over the fact that blogs are popular because the American public has become "increasingly distrustful of mainstream media."

How, oh how could that be? I get the feeling that the folks at Reuters honestly have no idea.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at October 12, 2004 09:28 AM

"Many bloggers have been so partisan that they have even raised money for the candidate of their choice"

Oh my god! You mean like all them Hollywood folks do? Isn't Reuters the newssite that was running ads for John Kerry as long as they were allowed? But bloggers are just SOOOOO partisan, and that is evil!

!@#$ them. At least few of us *pretend* we're not partisan.

Posted by: Emily at October 12, 2004 10:35 AM

Nice to know that nothing much gets by the eagle-eyes and searching intellects at Reuters, these days. We are enlightened and enobled by the experience. At this rate, they will have all the news credibility of my parish newsletter.

Posted by: Sgt. Mom at October 12, 2004 02:59 PM

Bloggers are partisan and raise money for their parties and candidates? You mean like Dan Rather speaking at a Democratic fundraiser?

Posted by: Jordana at October 12, 2004 03:08 PM

As blogging continues to go more "mainstream" we are going to hear more dribble like this. I have to laugh at Reuters' attempts at making the obvious seem like a major journalistic coup.

Posted by: Belle at October 12, 2004 04:36 PM

Yep, that Reuters. Always jokin' around. At least they gave me my laugh for the day.

Posted by: Claire at October 12, 2004 05:01 PM

The news gets _everything_ wrong. Blogs are no exception. There's no special incompetence here.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 12, 2004 06:04 PM

Trust me...Reuters and the AP are just THAT far behind. They are clueless and should be completely dismissed
as relevant sources of news.

Posted by: Marie at October 12, 2004 09:53 PM

I continue to be amazed, enraged and sometimes embarrassed by the mainstream media's blindness regarding the Internet in general and their antipathy to blogging in particular.

Probably the monks turned their noses up at the first printing presses in like manner and maybe even expressed some of the same concerns.

"Who will verify the content of these "books"?


Posted by: Jim at October 13, 2004 09:33 AM


(That was me hitting the floor either due to the hyperventilation brought on by gasping at all the shocking revelations in the Reuters article OR due to an overwhelming case of the giggles at the 2-year-old-style outraged indignity that runs through the article.)

I always wanted to be part of a paranoid mob...hee hee hee hee

And, on a serious note, how the heck do you get to be a "pop culture professor?" I wanna be one of them as long as I only teach Buffy-, Angel-, and Firefly-based courses. Or ones only about Jim Steinman's music. Or courses where all we do is build with Legos in order to get a better understanding of (INSERT YOUR TOPIC HERE).

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