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Obama open to newspaper bailout bill - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
Obama said that good journalism is "critical to the health of our democracy," but expressed concern toward growing tends in reporting -- especially on political blogs, from which a groundswell of support for his campaign emerged during the presidential election.

"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding," he said.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Sep 21st, 2009 at 01:58:22 PM EST
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Fran:
"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,"

say wha?

he's not reading the right blogs then...

what he said is more true of tv and the press, blogging, being open source, has much more recourse to research and fact checks through sheer numbers of curious people ready to go dig deeper than the tradmed does, especially lately.

sure, blogs are heavy with opinions as well as facts, but that's part of what makes them so satisfying at their best, it's more real as reflection of our natures, which slipslide from sublimely serious to ridiculously silly without missing a beat.

there's a balance there that's missing from stuffier forms of media. of course there are blogs like redstate and lgf that whip up the budding becks of this world, but if they are the bathwater, no need to flush the most interestingly new form of media for decades along with them.

way to miss the point, o-man!

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Sep 21st, 2009 at 04:17:21 PM EST
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melo:
he's not reading the right blogs then...

I'm sure you meant to say, "Not the left blogs"... ;)

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Mon Sep 21st, 2009 at 04:24:46 PM EST
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or he's only reading the right blogs!

or the wrong ones.

oh forget it
:)

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Sep 21st, 2009 at 05:07:26 PM EST
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He is surrounded by bona fide Serious People, all of whom regard newspapers as their true and most dignified home.

He isn't going to get a good press coverage by saying that their fact checking is deficient and they need the blogs to stay honest.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Sep 21st, 2009 at 05:07:36 PM EST
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Is this from the Onion?

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Tue Sep 22nd, 2009 at 08:39:15 AM EST
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