Blogger Ethics Vs. Media Ethics

Yesterday, I called out blogger DRJ at Patterico’s Pontifications for erroneously reporting a guilty verdict in the Holy Land Foundation trial. I surmised, correctly as it turns out, that DRJ got duped by an errant report from David Koenig at the AP. What I found striking, in the aftermath, was the different responses to correcting the error between the blogger DRJ and the AP writer Koenig.

First off, let me note that the bloggers at Patterico’s Pontifications are no friends of mine. There’s a history that’s too lengthy, cumbersome and probably boring to go into here. Nonetheless, DRJ, when called out on the errant post, reacted in a manner that seems to be the norm among bloggers, left and right. DRJ doesn’t revise away the error, but posts a simple and concise correction with a reasonable explanation for the error.

Contrast that with what Koenig and the AP did. They simply vanished the error with no explanation that the piece had been revised. This was done even though the piece is dated. Of course, this left DRJ with a post with a quote from the Koenig piece with a link that once followed led to a story with neither the quote nor any explanation of any revisions.

Score one for the better practices of the bloggers, I say.

3 Responses to “Blogger Ethics Vs. Media Ethics”

  1. I agree, and I know you’ve been around for a couple of my more embarrassing blunders, and I’ve done the same to the maximum extent possible.

    I think a big part of it is that we bloggers have to fight for everything, for every inch of respect and credibility, and so we’ll go the extra mile to make sure that things are taken care of in such a way to make sure that we are being as up front and honest as we can be in a lot of arenas. For the MSM publications, their credibility comes built in in the eyes of many of their audience, so they don’t have to fight so hard.

    But, as you can’t talk about this without also discussing the role of blogs in the media, I also think that we may see a slow change in the coming generation as well.

  2. All that being said, I think the AP (and Matt will likely join me in this chorus) is the worst offender when it comes to real time changing of their stories. For some reason they see no reason to either mention their changes or archive their original stories. Sadly, they are the content provider for the majority of our newspapers and broadcast outlets. This may help explain the severe long term memory problem that exists in the MSM.

  3. Which brings me to another thought…

    Someone register STOP THE AP.com right now!

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