The Daily Star…a pot calling the kettle blackby Hugh Holub on Oct. 24, 2010, under politics
The Arizona Daily Star has an interesting opinion piece
in which Mr Brodesky takes various bloggers to task.
There is a conceit among “real” journalists that they are un -biased.
Wrong. Everyone is biased…some people being more aware of their framework of reference, others not.
There are a lot of stories floating around the region the Star won’t touch because it would alienate certain folks.
For example … the stories David Morales (Three SOnorans) mentioned in his post today.
And how about stories about the way some of the environmental issues are seriously skewed to serve certain groups’ purposes. Take for example Jonathan DuHamels’ recent post about the fraud in the jaguar listing as an endangered species.
Do you believe the Star will ever do an investigative report into how US Fish & Wildlife extorts money from other federal agencies using the Endangered Species Act as a gun? If and when they do, they can claim to be un-biased.
Like it or not, blogs have become two things in the media environment…an alternative source of opinion enriching the marketplace of ideas…and a source of news stories that the traditional print media folks won’t touch.
The Star writer can complain about bloggers creating false news without checking their sources. But how about the traditional media buying all those claims from the Bush Administration there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? How many people have died because the “legitimate” media was bamboozled into an invasion of Iraq?
I think the Star is getting a little jealous that folks without formal journalistic training, and without even getting paid for their work, can end up playing in the media game. The bloggers are the equivalent of the “walk ons” who try and play ball without a scholarship.
One thing that differentiates the blogger from the “reporter” is we don’t pretend not to be biased. We hang our perspectives right out front for everyone to see.
Between the liberal, progressive, conservative and whatever perspectives, you can actually see sometimes the same story covered by various slants…and spot how the “traditional” media also slants their stuff.
Also interesting to see the Star mentioned the Arizona News Telegraph…Randy Graf’s new on-line paper.
Back in the old days, the Star was the liberal/Democratic voice in Tucson (supposedly only on its editorial pages) and the Tucson Citizen was the conservative/Republican voice. The Tucson Weekly came along and took over the slot of progressive voice.
The Citizen now does not have an “editorial” voice as it is simply a swap meet of blogs….thus the News-Telegraph has the market for a conservative leaning publication wide open in Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Of course one would expect the Star to take a dim view of bloggers or the News Telegraph…because they wouldn’t mind being the only source of news and opinions in this market.
Maybe their denigrating the other elements of the media indicates they realize the community they serve isn’t as liberal or progressive as they’d like to believe.