Sunday, November 14, 2004

And what credibility might that be?
CNN.com - How do bloggers impact political news?: "Mindy McAdams, a University of Florida journalism professor, applauded bloggers' efforts but urged them to adhere to ethical standards held by mainstream journalists.
'Our credibility is suffering with so many people rushing to publish things without checking them out,' McAdams said after Cox's speech."


As I remember it, CBS released the falsified Texas Air National Guard memos, with minimal background checking. And they weren't under any pressure to publish by blogs, that's for sure.

Oh, and then there's the munitions story, set to be released the Sunday before the election by CBS and scooped by the NYT 3 days earlier. Again, this was through no fault of the blogs, but was positioned to try and damage Bush as much as possible.

What's hurting the mainstream media credibility is not blogging. What's hurting MSM is the fact that they have no credibility, and blogs are now here to catch them. When they sit on a story that the public deserves to know, it comes out through blogs. When they release a story that is fraudulent, the blogs catch them. (Imagine if this National Guard memo business had happened 10 years ago--we never would have known they were false, and the media would not have lost any credibility, but they still wouldn't have deserved the credibility they have). So, yes, if you're lying, and there's a network of people poised to catch you in that lie, and they are succeeding with more and more frequency, your credibility will suffer--but going from that to blaming that network for your diminishing credibility is a bit spurious.

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