REPLAY: First published Oct 22, 2010, this small piece, with minor updates, remains apropos.
BC Liberals Keith “Fore!” Baldrey and Bill “That’s an old story” Good, with Mr. “I’ve Seen No Evidence” Palmer, said on Corus Radio that bloggers are anonymous “wingnuts” writing “things they don’t know.”
I might be a wingnut but I’m not anonymous. Nor are Alex Tsakumis, Bob Mackin, Laila Yuile, Bill Tieleman, Ian Reid, Paul Willcocks, Alexandra Morton or numerous other online contributors to British Columbia’s public dialog. The few bloggers I know who publish with pen names (as did Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, Ayn Rand and other notable writers, including Dr. Suess) are not unknowns lurking in shadows. Send them emails and they won’t hide.
The fact is that bad professional writers and broadcasters are being held to account in public for failures. They’ve never dealt with that before and they don’t like the experience. NW’s Brothers Skazochnik suggested that if someone from the blogosphere would provide leads, they might muster up the curiosity to investigate possible wrongdoing.
Well, AGT has done that, Ian Reid has done that, RossK and Bob Mackin as well. I’ve done that and many other citizen journalists are trying to fill the information void that results from a docile, co-opted corporate media.
Send messages to Friday morning’s mistreated media mugs, pointing them to stories they miss. Then, they can start reporting “things they know.”