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In A Tizzy Over ‘Bloggers’

by Pamela Leavey

I’ve avoided writing about the various assaults from journalists on liberal bloggers and the blogosphere, but alas, this latest is quite a rant. Michael Skube obviously got himself in a tizzy with his pants bunched up in a wad and thinks that “most bloggers are doing all this on the side” and that they are all “busy little bees in organizing political support and fundraising.” But… “none of this makes them journalists.”

The more important the story, the more incidental our opinions become. Something larger is needed: the patient sifting of fact, the acknowledgment that assertion is not evidence and, as the best writers understand, the depiction of real life. Reasoned argument, as well as top-of-the-head comment on the blogosphere, will follow soon enough, and it should. But what lodges in the memory, and sometimes knifes us in the heart, is the fidelity with which a writer observes and tells. The word has lost its luster, but we once called that reporting.

What a bunch of tripe. Matthew Yglesias has more on Skube’s not very well researched piece of (cough) journalism in the L.A. Times. Skube really pulled an “Oops” moment it seems. Yep… It’s another fine moment in “Journamalism.”

Libby weighs in on The Impolitic (and I must say, I quite agree): “If the 90% of the so-called professional journalists would get off their lazy butts and start doing some real reporting again, us filthy rabble would be supporting them instead of challenging them.”

Jay Rosen offers Skube some advice: “Retire.” And, finally… read Jill’s “Open Letter” to Skube.

2 Responses to “In A Tizzy Over ‘Bloggers’”

  1. Great post, Pamela! They still don’t get it, do they? Daily, the people are seeing that those who have appointed themselves as the experts on all things basically have not been doing any of the essential homework on the most important topics facing our democracy today. Looks and connections are everything to this superficial crowd, so the people have found their own sources, and subsequently their own voices, and have managed to uncover more truth than the robots on TV, and in the NYT and Wapo, ever have. Yay to bloggers such as yourself who keep the phonies’ feet to the fire daily.

  2. The sixties had an odd phenomenon called Underground Newspapers. That’s where we went to get accurate information. Or the BBC, which also did not go along with the U.S. government story. And then we got lucky enough to get Woodward and Bernstein, and after them it seemed like pretty much everyone caught on. For the most part, though, one has always had to read between the lines becuase news people either can’t or won’t just tell it straight.

    (Does that dude really write that badly all of the time!)