Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hat Tipping “the Editors”

If you know a “bloggers have no editors” MSM journalist, please send them this post.

Thanks go to Ken in Dallas who within about 30 minutes of its publication, noted I’d reversed a set of links which I promptly got right.

Thanks to Tarheel Hawkeye who noted a link carried not to a spoof Obama weather report but a promo. I couldn’t find the spoof, so I took down the post.

Thanks to a journalist friend who offline incorrectly referenced the Minneapolis Star Tribune as a “McClatchy paper,” something it once was but hasn’t been since McClatchy sold it a few years ago.

My friend’s reference was incidental to a longer post. His rereading what he wrote and emailing back a few hours later to correct what was really a small mistake is the kind of thing most of us wish more journos would do.

No justice, no peace has commented often at a number of blogs on the Duke/Durham hoax and frame attempt as well as the ongoing cover-up they’ve spawned.

Recently here and at another blog nj,np misidentified two people, each with the other.

Before anyone could point out nj,np’s errors, nj, np was posting at both blogs calling attention to his/her errors and providing readers the proper information.

It was all done promptly, fully and with prominence equal to the original erroneous posts.

Our democracy would be so much better off if most journalists and bloggers did as nj, np did and as some journalists and bloggers do.

Many of you do “the editor’s work” of putting me on to breaking stories. Thank you.

A final “thank you” to all of you who add to JinC with your “editorial” comments and questions.



Anonymous said...

John: I hope you don't mind my jumping in to rebut posters who make critical comments.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

If you had a good editor who would level with you, he or she would tell you to quit larding this up with the endless and unread posts about Winston Churchill.

Of course, you're free to do what you like, but boring content isn't winning you any readers.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that "journalists" are not in it for the truth. Bloggers are. The "professionals" want to 'change the world.' Someone who is deluded enough to think they should be in charge of such change and that they can do it, is way too crazy to care about something as simple as the truth.

Anonymous said...

Get 'em Tarheel. Our host is too much of a gentleman to smack those annoying little trolls.

Anonymous said...

Yes, JinC is a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. In reading the latest from our new nay-sayer, it appears he/she doesn't think much of Churchill. Today's progressives (the latest camouflage of our leftist reactionaries) are most likely the same as the Labourites of Churchill's day. Twits like Chamberlain if you get my drift. I see a lot of Chamberlain in our current crop of progressives. It doesn't surprise me that someone who thinks the MSM is doing a good job would not appreciate a statesman of Churchill's stature. For myself, one of the things that drew me to this blog is the regular Churchill vignettes. And I would counsel someone who doesn't care for the Churchill posts to find another blog to annoy.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

Anon @1:24

I was just wondering. Have you spoken with a wide sample of readers of this blog? How do you come by your assertion the Churchill posts are unread and/or boring?

Until you supply that type of information I will assume you are merely expressing a personal viewpoint. That's certainly your preogative but I'm unsure what it's worth.

My personal opinion is the Churchill series is an acquired taste. Just hang in there; you may learn something.


Anonymous said...

Anon: 1:24

How do you know that the posts about Churchill are unread? Boring is always in the eye of the beholder. While you may not find the Churchill pieces not to your liking, there are others of us who do. Any reader of any blog may find postings that are not of interest - one has the choice of skipping those postings. It is no different than turning down the sound on the radio or television or skipping an article in a paper or magazine. Each to his own tastes!

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:24,

I like the Churchill Series.

And aren't you nice to say John's free to post it at HIS blog if he likes.

Anonymous said...

To 1:24,

I don't have it exact but Churchill advised it was better for some people to remain silent and have others think them fools than to open their mouths and remove all doubt.

Your comment brought his words to mind.

I love Churchill and John's Churchill series.