Overheard on the Web, and other Web links From The Herald's Research Editor
Thursday, January 06, 2005
The Columbia Journalism Review discusses last summer's flap about Dan Rather's report on George W. Bush's military record, and finds CBS made some mistakes, but the bloggers who raised a stink about it did too:
"First, much of the bloggers' vaunted fact-checking was seriously warped. Their driving assumptions were often drawn from flawed information or based on faulty logic. Personal attacks passed for analysis. Second, and worse, the reviled MSM often followed the bloggers' lead. As mainstream media critics of CBS piled on, rumors shaped the news and conventions of sourcing and skepticism fell by the wayside. Dan Rather is not alone on this one; respected journalists made mistakes all around."
This article, as can be expected, has raised a clamor among the conservative bloggers who look at this as their finest hour.
Seems as though the 'MSM' (main stream media) isn't paying as much attention. posted by liz at 10:35 AM
Elisabeth (Liz) Donovan was a Herald librarian for 10 years, and Research Editor for 13 years. She came to The Herald in 1981, following several years at the
Washington Post. She started blogging in 2000, with a news research blog, followed by the blog at Herald.com in 2003. A frequent speaker and writer on news research, she was honored in 2004 by the
News Division of the Special Libraries Association for her contributions to