Obama Open To Helping Newspapers, To Avoid Reporting Becoming 'All Blogosphere'

from the oh-really? dept

Mathew Ingram points us to the news that President Obama has indicated that he's at least open to hearing bills that would help bailout the newspaper industry because he's afraid of reporting becoming "all blogosphere":
"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding."
That seems like an odd way to characterize things. First, it seems odd to lump the medium in with a certain type of reporting. There are plenty of "real reporters" who do plenty of "serious fact-checking" within the blog world too. Blogs are just a publishing medium. Yes, because there's a lower barrier to entry, you do end up with a much larger absolute number of bloggers, many of whom are just giving opinion. But the idea that there aren't blogging reporters is pure folly. In fact, I'd argue that the serious blogs on certain subjects to a lot more to "put stories in context" than your average newspaper reporter, who writes up a quick take and moves on to the next big thing. Topic-specific blogs are often much more accurate, much more detailed, and much more willing to focus on context than newspaper reporting. So why rescue one bunch of reporters, just because they happen to print on paper?

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Sep 2009 @ 7:18am

    Re: Re:

    The media is there to get eyes because eyes = advertisers. What gets eyes? Controversy. So, extended coverage of all the "crazy" town hall meetings meant that the fringe (conservative) voice held dominance. Where were the reports about the majority of town hall meetings that were civil and seriously debated the issues? Not broadcast on any channel, "conservative" or "liberal," because it doesn't bring eyes.

    So, you can say Fox is conservative and MSNBC is liberal, but more than anything, they're all driven by controversy first, ideology second.

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