t June 25, 2002 01:38 AM

As long as mainstream journalism continues to be lazy, partisan (without admitting it), and arrogant it is fair game for the kind of speculation that occured here. The Wall Street Journal referenced where they were getting their info. This woman's writing the same thing and her explanation didn't pass any proverbial smell tests. Still doesn't. It is trivial, yes, but nevertheless if there were less arrogance towards independent media and more of an open and - when practical - cooperative, interactive approach then this woman wouldn't have had to play this little game to begin with. Journalists are news junkies, and news junkies are reading the more well-known weblogs. This is the exact equivalent to the New York Post writing a story that Matt Drudge had an exclusive on on his site and not giving Drudge's site credit (which the N.Y. Post has done in the past). Mainstream media just has to get it through their skulls that they are seen as asinine, incompetent, and increasingly dangerous (re some of the evil nonsense that's come out of the voices of the media left regarding treatment of Arab prisoners that contributed to Pearl's beheading and similar nonsense)...

Posted by: ct at June 25, 2002 04:15 AM

CT -- name please, sir/madam!

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 25, 2002 12:45 PM

This is idiocy, Matt. Name? Are you going to check it to see if it's a real name? These are weblog comments. Jesus. - ct

Posted by: ct at June 25, 2002 10:26 PM

CT -- I just said "please," that's all. I find that the discussion is always more interesting when people are willing to stand behind their comments (especially ones using strong language against other people) with their own names. You can do what you want, obviously, but as the publisher & namesake of this site I reject the concept that it's "idiocy" to nudge people toward transparency & responsibility.

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 25, 2002 11:33 PM
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