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November 28, 2009

If it weren't for those pesky bloggers

Michael Gerson describes "old media dinosaurs" as "the basis for the entire media food chain"; this definintion rendering us pesky bloggers not only bottom feeders but ungrateful bottom feeders. Without old media, new media is nothing.

Mark Steyn offers a spirited rejoinder in defense of the blogosphere.

That's laughably untrue in the Warmergate story. If you rely on the lavishly remunerated "climate correspondents" of the big newspapers and networks, you'll know nothing about the Climate Research Unit scandals - just the business-as-usual drivel about Boston being underwater by 2011. Indeed, even when a prominent media warm-monger addresses the issue, the newspaper prefers to reprint a month-old column predating the scandal. If you follow online analysis from obscure websites on the fringes of the map, you'll know what's going on. If you go to the convenience store and buy today's newspaper, you won't. That's the problem.

Touché.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 28, 2009 09:14 AM

Comments

At least in the Soviet Union, the Tass & Pravda crowd could point to the gulag as a good incentive to throw journalism under the train. In America, the mainstream media have willingly drunk the Koolaid (or swallowed the pill of Murti-bing)

Posted by: jdpercifield [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 29, 2009 10:04 AM