10/10/2005

Daily Kos: Arianna versus Bill Keller

Arianna versus Bill Keller
by kos
Mon Oct 10, 2005 at 06:42:26 PM CDT

Arianna takes on Bill Keller of the New York Times, who 1) dismisses blogs as news recyclers, rather than news producers (as though columnists and the Sunday morning talk shows are producing any news...), and 2) defends the Times' performance of late.

On the former:

Yes, some intrepid reporters in the mainstream media are providing key reporting and analysis -- Mike Isikoff at Newsweek, Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher, Murray Waas at The National Journal and The American Prospect, and Anna Schneider-Mayerson, Tom Scocca and Gabriel Sherman at the New York Observer are all doing great work. But if you're not reading emptywheel at The Next Hurrah, Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake, Tom Maguire, TalkLeft, Jay Rosen, Mickey Kaus, and, dare I say it, the Huffington Post, you're not really getting the full story.

On the latter:

As reported by Business Week's Jon Fine, Keller proudly put forth the Times' assets: "'a rigorous set of standards. A journalism of verification' rather than of 'assertion,' and maintaining an 'agnosticism' as where any story may lead. And, borrowing a key buzzword of the day, he said the Times practiced 'transparency,' or, in math-teacher terms, 'we show our work'."

Keller must have downed a double dose of the Times Kool-Aid (followed by a 100 proof chaser or two) before taking the stage.

Let's take these nuggets one at a time, shall we?

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Daily Kos: Arianna versus Bill Keller

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