Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The BBC on blogs

The BBC's Torin Douglas attempts to explain blogs and the BBC's relationship to them. First he tells us of some of the blogosphere's successes:
It claimed the scalps of CNN news boss Eason Jordan and CBS anchor Dan Rather after news errors exposed by bloggers.
Then, its drawbacks.
More dangerously, with none of the traditional journalistic checks, it spawns errors, hoaxes and downright lies which can be right round the world before the truth has its boots on.
Ah, would those be the vaunted "traditional journalistic checks" which spawned the, er, "news errors" of Eason Jordan and Dan Rather? A more accurate term than "news errors" might have been, well, hoaxes and downright lies. But, of course, those terms are reserved for blogs, not fellow members of the MSM.

Naturally, Douglas doesn't actually come up with even one instance of a blog-generated hoax or lie that made its way "round the world before the truth has its boots on." Shocking that the BBC's crack "traditional journalistic check" squad didn't pick up on that, don't you think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I notice she doesn't mention a case closer to home where a guardian jounalist was exposed as a member of a distinctly dodgy Islamist organisation.

9:54 AM  

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