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Monday, April 11, 2005

Blog Shmog

Eric Boehlert has a good analysis of the right-wing blogosphrere on Salon.com. It is called "Citizen journalists? Try partisan hacks."

I especially liked his observations about the mainstream media's use of blogs as primary news sources. To me that's insane. Except for the current and retired journalists out there with blogs, there's few doing any thorough research – most blogs are written by people with political agendas, armed with a superb sense of self-righteousness. They look for scraps of evidence that fit their preconceived notions of how things should be.

For CNN to use a blog post as a source for a story is further proof that the mainstream media ownership only cares about money, using ratings as the measure. They've replaced honest news with a form of news entertainment, designed to keep you watching, to keep you interested when the commercials start.

Reporting on a sensational blog headline serves one purpose – getting the viewer's attention. If the discourse could go any lower, it has.

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