David Simon Whines About The State Of Journalism While Undermining His Own Point
from the oops dept
It's an interesting opinion piece, but it pretty easily undermines its own reason for being. He's talking about a specific story involving a specific police officer, where the police has refused to give out the information identifying the officer. As Simon points out, however, by law that information needs to be made available to everyone, not just reporters. And, in fact, Simon did get the information -- and Simon is not a reporter any more. You know who didn't get the information? The reporters at the Baltimore Sun. So... Simon is complaining that without a strong newspaper business, this information will remain hidden, even though he admits that legally the information needs to be available to non-reporters (like himself) which enabled him to get the information, and that the supposedly necessary newspaper reporters failed in getting the info.
In other words, he just totally debunked his own point. In this case, he was acting as a "citizen journalist," digging up a piece of information because it was of great concern to him. Other citizen journalists could and would do the same thing. Yet, the supposedly very important "newspaper journalists" didn't care enough to follow through and get the info. I'd say he just made a really strong point for why a concerned citizenry is a lot more effective at getting this particular bit of information and publicizing it than the press that he wishes would do it.