09 August, 2006

Blogging Community effects the war coverage

BBC's website has an article on the effect of bloggers relating to the images and views presented by the media about the ongoing conflict in the Lebanon. Both as a news source as well as opinionated reporters, the bloggers of both sides of the conflict have vested interest in promoting their side of the story. Links to the blogs themselves can be found in the article or here.

1 comment:

John B. Chilton said...

The Washington Post and USA Today both have coverage of the fauxtography controversy.

WaPo: Blogger Takes Aim At News Media and Makes a Direct Hit

USATODAY.com - A blogger shines when news media get it wrong

See also: LA Weekly - Reuters' Image Problem

Today's controversies here:
Michelle Malkin: "Fauxtography" alert: NYTimes and USNews; plus Time and Reuters' Issam Kobeisi

I would expect more care by major news organizations. I go back and forth on the NYT example. On the one hand they've issued a correction of the captions and it seems to be the kind of minor error that is hard to eliminate. On the other hand the photograph itself doesn't look real to me.

As I've said before isn't the reality good enough? Sometimes photographs don't do justice to what you see -- we've all experienced that frustration. But that doesn't justify doing a docu-drama and passing it off as journalism.

Maybe journalists could do a better job if they weren't threatened.

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