Thursday, December 16, 2004

Those irksome bloggers

From earlier this week ... a pretty good dissection in the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal of how bloggers came to influence coverage of the South Dakota election that led to Tom Daschle's defeat.

You might remember this one; in midsummer it stirred up things a bit when the exec editor of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader wrote, "If Hitler were alive today, he'd have his own blog." (A clear case of a newspaper exec. "not getting it.")

Yes, bloggers write a lot of "crap," as this exec. ed. points out. So do political campaigns and PR people and corporations and educational institutions and, dare we say it, media chains. The paper's job, of course, is to sort through this, acknowledge areas where its weaknesses are pointed out and ignore the "crap." Readers respect that.

Thanks to the SNPA for the pointer.


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