Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Source material

From Washington Post blogger Joel Achenbach:

Here's a piece from HuffPo by Bobby Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle titled "Unearthed: News of the Week the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report."

Their first example: The Supreme Court slashed the punitive damages in the Exxon Valdez case.

Let me gently note that this piece of News the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report happened to appear on the front page of The Washington Post.

Example No. 2 of News the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report: The White House is trying to block the publication of an EPA "road map" for future regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Fascinatin' stuff, but let us note that this story appeared in The Washington Post (many days before it appeared in HuffPo). The Huffo item links to a story originally published in The Wall Street Journal. (For more tension between EPA and other elements of the Bush Administration, see this recent front-page story in The Post.)

The concept of a regular feature on News the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report is a good one. But go ahead and scroll through this HuffPo column and what you'll see, again and again, are links to mainstream media sites, including The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

I have long been frustrated by the way some bloggers viciously deride the MSM even while relying day in and day out on the (expensive) news gathering of the self-same dreadful Fourth Estate. Talk about ungrateful! The irony gets ratcheted to a new level when the bloggers use that news and pretend that they've done the legwork themselves.

Achenbach's conclusion resonates in this little corner of the media universe.
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