Thursday, March 29, 2007

 

Bush Gives Blogs Some Credibility

But the AP tries to discredit them.

This AP report via Michelle Malkin:

To back up his point that pulling out of Iraq would be a disaster, President Bush has quoted opinions from the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top U.S. general in Iraq and now, two bloggers from Baghdad.....

Blogs are Web sites that tend to be narrow in focus and directed at a niche audience. Most operate without editors and give instant reaction to the news. Their freewheeling, open nature makes them popular but also ripe for unverified statements.

The AP might also want to note that television is primarily used for entertainment purposes and most broadcasts are fiction. Also most printed media have a target audience in mind and their content is carefully edited to either please readers or to influence them in ways the writers/editors/advertisers desire. So keep that in mind next time you watch the TV news or read a newspaper.

This is a good start but Bush should be doing much more to emphasize such reports from credible sources regardless of the type of media they report from.

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