Wall St Journal: Blogs, Journos & Ethics
Yup--blogging's getting mainstream. This fascinating Wall Street Journal article looks at the role of blogging in getting stories on the radar, and bloggers' shifting self-perceptions into the world of journalism. Blogging has played a role in discovering--and covering such stories as the Dan Rather Bush memo escapade, and what WSJ writer Jessica Mintz calls "widely disseminated premature exit poll results that led many to believe John Kerry was winning the presidential election for much of Election Day."
In my own mind (and in the minds of many others), there's a huge question about whether, in fact, Kerry actually did win key states that would have given him the election. Irregularities that went far beyond the issues in the Ukraine, where in fact the election was done over. I am convinced that Bush did not win honestly in 200, and I am not convinced either way about who won Ohio (and thus, the presidency) in 2004. I find it particularly weird that in the US, partisan Republican Bush campaign officers (Katherine Harris, Florida, 2000; Kenneth blackwell, Ohio, 2004) get to oversee the election and count the votes. If you are Secretary of State with oversight responsibility for elections, you shouldn't be chairing the state campaign of *any* candidate, IMHO.
Meanwhile, blogs are so legit now that Harvard University's having a conference,"Blogging, Journalism & Credibility." Mintz mentions this in her article, and Poynter.org's Romsensko (in whose emailed blog I found the Mintz piece) gives a URL to listen in:
Unlike most of the WSJ archive, this particular article is available to non-subscribers.