August 18, 2004
HUGH HEWITT WRITES that when Old Media fail to credit the blogosphere it's a form of plagiarism.
To me it's more like the sincerest form of flattery. . . .
UPDATE: In a related post, Virginia Postrel has a request for campaign journalists:
I don't have to spend my time tracking down sources who might be able to shed light on John Kerry's claims about his adventures in Vietnam and Cambodia.
I don't have to do these things because I don't want to and because they are not my job. But there are a lot of fine journalists who do have the job of political reporting, they are not doing it when it comes to Kerry's past, and they are making our whole profession look bad. Come on, folks. If you can't find out any independent sources on Kerry's own story, at least report the "he says-he says" allegations. And help out your audience with some context: Dig up some more-or-less unbiased (or at least nonpartisan) sources to provide some historical context for the bizarre Cambodia story. Never mind John Kerry specifically, what were U.S. operations during that period? Are any of his various accounts plausible and, if so, which ones? Or give readers some background on the procedures for awarding medals during Vietnam. There was a lot of medal inflation and, presumably, some politics in how medals were awarded. What, if anything, does the broader context tell us about Kerry and his critics?
Yes, the Big Media folks, with their alleged reserves of professionalism and research, haven't exactly covered themselves with glory on this story. It's as if they don't want to know the truth.