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May 19, 2005

Reporting or blogging

With the MSM so recently  and continually in a huff about making a distinction between what they supposedly do and what bloggers do, their timing couldn't be worse.

First we have Adam Cohen whining about bloggers lacking some sort of code of ethics, followed by Newsweek showing us just how useful this mythical MSM code of ethics really is.

Yesterday James Taranto (second item) noted the following about Reuters polices for outsourcing:

Reuters, our favorite "news" service, is under fire over "outsourcing," reports Newsday. The union representing Reuters employees are upset, most recently, about the service's "transferring the editing and caption writing of photos to its Singapore office and some Internet work to Toronto." But consider this quote:

[Global managing editor David] Schlesinger also said he was offended by the guild's suggestion--which the union has denied--that American journalists are superior to their foreign counterparts. The wire service remains committed to "on-the-ground reporting, but some stories can be done very well by telephone or by reading something on the Internet," he said from India.

As blogger Michael Williams quips, "Since when does 'reporting' consist of reading something on the internet? Sounds more like blogging to me."

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Posted by Danny Carlton at May 19, 2005 07:58 AM

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Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Michael Williams at May 19, 2005 10:11 AM

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