by Mike Masnick

Compare And Contrast Blogs And Reuters On Joe Trippi's Speech

from the hmm... dept

Want to see an example of spin? No matter what your politics are, it's interesting to note the vastly different takes the established media and some bloggers have on this morning's talk by Joe Trippi at O'Reilly's Emerging Technologies Conference. This morning I read the detailed notes from both Howard Rheingold and Ross Mayfield on Trippi's speech - which sounded interesting, if a bit unfocused. However, both sets of notes show that he clearly talked up the power of the internet while trashing the established "broadcast" media. So, when Reuters - a member of the broadcast media - writes up their own article on the talk, they spin it 180 degrees, and say that Trippi blamed the internet for the campaign's problems. The notes from the blogging attendees say Trippi called the campaign a "dot com miracle", and yet Reuters claims Trippi said the internet "hobbled" the campaign. These differing accounts of the same exact speech don't match at all - and it certainly looks like Reuters is the one doing the spinning here, taking a few quotes here and there out of context to make their point. With the bloggers' notes, you can see the context of what's being spoken about, and the Reuters report gives none of that. I'm not one who believes that bloggers are a "threat" to journalism, but the contrast here shows a perfect (if a bit scary) example of just how easy it is for the press to spin things to make their point.

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    Tim Oren, 10 Feb 2004 @ 12:15pm

    Re: I was there

    I was also there. I'm not particularly a Dean or Trippi fan, but the 'hobbled' take is bogus. He talked about some specific problems that arose (or could have arisen) re outsiders misrepresenting themselves as campaign staffers, or infilitrating campaign organizations for oppo research or dirty tricks purposes, both in the online venue. Really old news for anyone that has followed identity and authentication problems on the net. Apparently enough of a handle for some spin from those who are not technical and/or have gotten their story already written. The main thrust of the talk was the 'net roots' vs. 'broadcast politics' - no way he was dissing the net.

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