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Thursday, September 09, 2004
A little bit of opinion...  
To get one's blood flowing. I wrote this today to Edward Wasserman, who wrote this article (reg. required), which included lines like this (hat tip: InstaPundit):

It's hard now even to write for publication without being aware of just how thoroughly what you say is going to be inspected for any trace of undesirable political tilt and denounced by a free-floating cadre of rightist warriors.


If we give prominence to this story of carnage in Iraq, will we be accused of anti-administration bias? And - here it gets interesting - will we therefore owe our readers an offsetting story, perhaps an inspirational tale of Marines teaching young Iraqis how to play softball?

and, the money quote:

Resisting undue outside influence is part of what news professionals do. But it's hard enough to get the story right, without holding it hostage to an open-ended negotiation with zealots who believe they already know what the story is.

Anyway, here's my note in reply.

Mr. Wasserman,

Hi. I'm one of those bloggers that sometimes fact-checks things I see in the newspaper or on TV. Actually, I fact check things I see on blogs, too. I've been doing that since I was a child, because I was taught to critically analyze the information presented to me before accepting it. The difference between now and 1985 is that my analysis isn't floating around in my head, on the pages of my journal, or in a conversation with my parents -- now I can put it on my blog (or in the comment section of someone else's blog). In any case, I'm not suspicious or hostile, and I'm not much of a right-winger, and I don't think I already know what the story is. In fact, a good chunk of the people who blog are left-leaning (e.g. Daily Kos, Kevin Drum), and a good chunk more are at best idealogically outside of a strict Democrat-Republican spectrum (e.g. InstaPundit). I think you'll find, if you do some serious reading of blogs, that the writers in question have a firm committment to the truth, and a particular disregard for media professionals who've decided they're the only ones who get to define what the truth is. I'd have to classify any news professional like that as someone who's trying to exert "undue influence" on how I see the world. Personally I'd rather know what's really going on, than not be sure that I know what's going on, but be confident in the knowledge that my sources are professionals who've gained the approval of editors I'll never even meet. And I prefer to read the opinions of someone who's open about his or her viewpoint and biases, who provides quick access to their sources, critics, and supporters, and who's being openly fact-checked by ten thousand people with internet connections, than someone who chooses to stay behind a veil of feigned objectivity, on top of a pillar built of pure imperious self-importance.

In any case, I hope you'll do some serious investigation of what blogs and other online commentaries are really like (i.e., actually read them), before you cast aspersions on us and those who've decided to be responsive to the views and interests of their readers. It'd only be professional.

I'd also add, now that I've had time to think about it, that there's nothing wrong with trying to remember to be balanced, and that it shouldn't take angry or annoyed letters or blog posts to prompt or provoke that effort. Okay, now I have to go to work. But there you are!


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