And You Thought The Blog Bashing By Journalists Went Out Of Style In 2004...

from the you-said-what-now? dept

We almost never mention stories about "blogging" or "bloggers" around here because, frankly, who really cares? There's enough navel gazing going on out there, and unless there's something really interesting and different to write about, it's really just not worth it. And, while we're pretty certain that the blogworld is about to have a field day with this new Forbes article that BoingBoing is pointing out, we'd recommend that it's much better to just read it as a comedy piece (or maybe a drinking game). That's about the only way I can figure it was approved to be written and published. It simply must be satire by an incredibly bored journalist. Honestly. My guess is that the author, Daniel Lyons, wrote the article pretending to take on the persona of the "bloggers" he then skewers -- because it seems like he does every single thing in the article (and the sidebars) that he accuses "bloggers" (in general) of doing. So, let's all just pretend that it's satire and the Forbes' editorial process didn't really let this go in as a serious piece, and let it go. It had seemed like these sort of "condemn all bloggers" pieces had gone out of style about a year ago -- but hats off to Lyons for reviving the genre with such... gusto.
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    Dan, 30 Oct 2005 @ 5:48am

    Re: Realluy something to be laughed at?

    As an example, a couple of conservitive talk show hosts here in Washington state have been promoting a popular initiative on their radio. A judge ruled that the commentary counted as in-kind contributions and had to be counted by the group actually running the initiative. Due to contribution limitiations they had to go back to court in order to be able to continue to talk about a public policy issue on the radio. (all this while the local newspaper was openly against the initiative and didn't have to count their commentary as contributions).
    Either you don't know all the facts or you've decided to be disingenious when airing PNW dirty laundry out for the rest of the world to see.
    The conservative talk show radio hosts were the ones who organized the initiative -- it was their idea, they went through the motions of founding the appropriate political action committee in order to begin the initiative process. The court ruled from the point where they moved their initiative from discussion to action that their multi-show discussion of the initiative was a form of political advertising and subject to be reported as campaign contributions.
    The local newspapers (and this includes the allegedly conservative Seattle Times) are against the initiative. They don't have to count their commentary as contributions because they're not spearheading any political action entity.

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