Blogs as a free market model

Adam Penenberg argues that blogs represent the application of a free market to the ideal market of ideas. With blogs, however, anybody with an internet connection can engage anybody else. Concepts are presented, attacked, sliced, diced, added to and subtracted from, mangled, massaged and molded until what is left is an amalgam of the finest ...

Didn’t they say they were doing this four years ago?

Media Mulling Exit Poll Use A group of news organizations that commissioned exit polls during November’s elections will look closely at a report released Wednesday before deciding the fate of the current process.

Assessing new-media ethics

Glenn Reynolds writes that MSM ethics are no great standard by which to compare the pajamahadeen. The fallout from the NYT Iraqi blog story continues. At the moment, the New York Times is in court, demanding constitutional protection for its sources.  If they’re exposed, it fears, they may suffer consequences that will make others less ...

When you have a credibility problem

why would you consider a comedian as your replacement for Dan Rather? Asked twice, Moonves wouldn’t rule out a role on the evening news for Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, whose “The Daily Show” skewers politicians and the news media each night. …unless you think that CBS News under Dan Rather has been a joke for ...

Recommended blogging book

Here’s a link to the best book on blogging I’ve found. Rebecca Blood covers the reasons for and best practices for bloggers, and does not get bogged down in programming details.

NYT fumbles a blog report

The New York Times has an overblown, conspiratorial report on a pro-American Iraqi blog, which is drawing the ire of new-media people. Sarah Boxer’s story on IraqTheModel in today’s New York Times Arts section is irresponsible, sloppy, lazy, inaccurate, incomplete, exploitive, biased, and — worst of all — dangerous, putting the lives of its subjects ...

The media adapts

The LA Times has added an outlet for outside critics to critique the paper from inside its own pages. What’s notable isn’t that a major news outlet is giving over space on a regular basis to its critics — after all, a number of papers now have their own in-house critic doing just that. Rather, ...

How is this news?

The AP reports that public opinion is largely the same as it was two months ago. Ahead of Bush’s inauguration on Thursday, six in 10 people said they felt hopeful about his second term and in response to a separate question 47 percent said they were worried. Most said they were neither angry nor excited ...

Safire on bias

William Safire says media bias plays an important democratic function, so long as it changes according to the winds of power. Here’s the good news: Bad news is newsier than good news. Even when media try to be “fair and impartial,” they can be expected to annoy rather than please the party in power. That’s ...

Safire cheers up a depressed press

In one of his last NYT columns, William Safire tells the MSM to get about the business of reporting news . He says the public will always need a reliable source of information beyond predictable sources of opinion. The “platform” – print, TV, Internet, telepathy, whatever – will change, but the public hunger for reliable ...