Overheard on the Web, and other Web links From The Herald's Research Editor
Monday, March 07, 2005
Are all blogs independent?
In an interesting take on the recent cases where bloggers had an effect on the news, American Prospect calls some blogs "Pseudo-journalistic Web sites", funded by organizations with political agendas. 'Easongate', for example, the site that pushed the story of the CNN exec's claim that journalists were targeted by the military in Iraq, was supported by a Republican operative. This analysis covers all sides of the story from Jeff Gannon to Dan Rather. One important distinction they found, though:
"The targets of the liberal blogosphere are conservative activists; the target of the conservative blogosphere is the free and independent press itself, just as it has been for conservative activists since the '60s. "
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