Comments: The Journalism that Bloggers Actually Do (And Some Won't Discuss)

Sorry, but I think you are a little unfair – I say this despite not substantively disagreeing with your observation that the examples missed some important contributions form center-right blogs.

Let me explain myself:
To slightly oversimplify, the thesis of Skube is that blogs deserve disdain because they are long on hot air and short on elbow grease. Blogs don’t do the tedious hard work of fact checking like the real media.
Rosen’s thesis is “nonsense – of course they do, let me enlighten you with examples”
Your thesis is that the Rosen list omits some important contributions. Fair (as in accurate) but unfair (as in non-responsive).
In the mathematical sense, you disprove a claim of non-existence by demonstrating a single example. There’s no requirement that the example be representative, or exhaustive. While it may be revealing that Rosen’s list didn’t contain some of the examples near and dear to both of us, he didn’t purport to deliver a representative survey. While you dismissed the chocolate example as unimportant, I saw it as a decent and delightful example helping to illustrate the breadth of the fact checking of blobs.
In short, Skube was way off base, and Rosen adequately punctured the Skube thesis.
Phil

Posted by Phil at August 23, 2007 02:31 PM

Phil, Rosen went out of his way to go around Powerline and LGF to cite a non-blog for Rathergate. This is ignoring the biggest constributors to the story that many consider as the story that put bloggers "on the map" as an effective check on the media.

Rosen doesn't have to be exhaustive, but he leaves out not just this most powerful example, but many of the other powerful examples of blogs doing journalism as I cited in the main article, most of which were of far more general importance than those he cited in his list, some of which were frankly obscure.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 23, 2007 02:56 PM

I gotta go with CY on this one.

Posted by T.Ferg at August 24, 2007 09:16 AM

Errr... he modestly said.

I would suggest that my work on The Stingy List falls into this category. After the UN accused Americans of being stingy in the aftermath of the tsunami, I documented over a billion dollars of donations by private Americans and business.

Posted by Chuck Simmins at August 24, 2007 12:41 PM