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April 18, 2004

by J

Weblogs and Journalism

Rebecca Blood has a new essay up about weblogs and journalism. A snippet:
The broad definition of journalism I propose is this: Journalism is any third-party account that adds to the record of verifiable facts.

[...] Of course, this criterion does not reach widely enough to include the vast majority of bloggers, few of whom provide original reporting of their own. But defining journalism less rigorously than we have done can only benefit those who desire to gain the privileges extended to professional journalists while evading their professional standards. Like many people, I am frequently disappointed by press coverage of current events. Too often, journalists unskeptically accept whatever "facts" are given to them by authorities without verifying that they are true. If anything, we need to establish higher standards for journalism, not a second, lesser standard for people who lack the resources to do the job well.

Posted by J at April 18, 2004 10:24 AM

Where's the blog about the Woodward book? The allegations made by Woodward about the President and his administration are absolutely outrageous!

There needs to be an outcry.

Posted by: Carla at April 19, 2004 12:59 PM

Hi Carla --

I've only seen a little bit about the Woodward book -- I'm without a net connection for most of this week and I had not planned on reading it...

Nevertheless, from what I hear so far there's not much really surprising in his revelations. Just more outrageous behavior by the criminals in the executive branch.

My posting here will probably be really light for awhile, as I've got a lot of travel over the next few weeks..

Posted by: J at April 19, 2004 08:45 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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