Monday, February 14, 2005

Kick 'em when they're up; Kick 'em when they're down

I agree with Sean.

The blogosphere has a symbiotic relationship to the MSM. By commenting and arguing with the stories they put out, webloggers feed off of the MSM's output. The MSM reads what webloggers are pumping out, and it inspires more stories, which further feeds the blogosphere. This isn't a zero-sum game. Both entities gain.

I'm not saying the MSM doesn't have oodles of faults. They do. They have liberal biases they don't admit to. They've become sloppy. They've allowed their political views to color and shape the news. In the context of all Eason Jordan has done and said he doesn't deserve to be running CNN. What I worry about is some webloggers tossing around reckless accusations destroying their credibility and hurting undeserving people in the process.

3 Comments:

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Sue Bob said...

Drew,

That's a risk no matter who is publishing the commentary. The MSM has committed such injustices many times. I believe that if you do a benefit-risk analysis--bloggers will expose such injustices more than create them.

 
At 10:45 PM, Blogger Dave said...

To add to Sue bob's comments; bloggers comments and opinions are just as open and available to criticisms, fact checking, and scrutinizing as the MSM. I don't think either has a leg-up on the other in that regard.

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger c_neil said...

could you clarify? I don't know what MSM is.

 

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