Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

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Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Does This Journalist Seem Insecure?

It seems someone at the LA Times has gotten a deep and painful wedgie over the issuance of press credentials to a bunch of bloggers prior to the party conventions. 
  
 
Bloggers Are the Sizzle, Not the Steak Convention seats do not turn Internet gossips into journalists. 

 By Alex S. Jones
The Democrats and the Republicans are inviting a limited number of bloggers — those witty, candid, irreverent, passionate, shrewd and outrageous Internet chroniclers — to their 2004 conventions. It's a gesture of respect for the growing influence of the blogosphere, and if ever there were events ideally suited to bloggers, the heavily scripted and tensionless conventions top the list. But make no mistake, this moment of blogging legitimization — and temporary press credentials — doesn't turn bloggers into journalists.

 
Political conventions have become festivals of faux harmony and candidate image-building, which makes them marvelous targets for blogging's candor, intelligence and righteous wrath. However, bloggers, with few exceptions, don't add reporting to the personal views they post online, and they see journalism as bound by norms and standards that they reject. That encourages these common attributes of the blogosphere: vulgarity, scorching insults, bitter denunciations, one-sided arguments, erroneous assertions and the array of qualities that might be expected from a blustering know-it-all in a bar. 
  
 
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The author goes on to denigrate the truth checking that occurs on blog entries.  If this were not the LA Times saying this, I could bite.  It would be interesting to here how a professional journalist, as opposed to an employee of the LA Times, goes about attempting to make sure they get a story right. 
 
As for his complaints of bitter denunciations that add nothing of value to the story, the author must have been on vacation when the LA Times was covering Arnold the week before the recall election.  Otherwise, it would be impossible not to see the obvious parallels between the LA Times and the blustering know-it-all at the bar that the author describes in of the article's erroneous assertions. 
 
I think this person feels less secure in his place in the world.  This why he is inundating us with his hysterical winging. 


"Reciprocals"

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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