- Tucson Citizen, R.I.P.?
- New layoffs at the Memphis Commercial Appeal
- San Diego Union Tribune sold to equity firm
- Buyouts for 48 employees at Hearst papers in Connecticut
- 38 layoffs at The State of Columbia, S.C.
- Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer cuts 20 jobs.
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune lays off 24 pressmen.
And the Dan Rather Award For Outstanding Cluelessness in Journalism goes to whatever Fullerton (Calif.) College student wrote this idiotic editorial in the campus Hornet:
A disturbing trend that also effects newspapers is the rise of the bloggers and the steady increase in their following. There are multiple problems with blogs.
It is impossible to decipher whether or not a blog is being posted by legitimate writers, who have been educated in journalism, or the average Joe, who does not know how to properly write a concise, well-thought out article. Without proper editors, blogs allow themselves to be polluted by unimpressive stories and writing.
Many bloggers also have the tendency of ignoring facts to support their own agendas, effectively eliminating unbiased journalism and creating a plethora of questions regarding ethics. If this trend of growing bloggers continues, newspapers may become glorified blogs themselves. Trying to stay informed in a newspaperless world would be an arduous, time consuming task, of scanning through countless blogs to find unbiased, factual news. We must make sacrifices now, to preserve the future of our profession.
To our award winner -- assuming his or her classmates print out this post and bring it to journalism class or the Hornet office for the edification of their friend, the laughingstock -- let me explain a few things:
- To begin with, you used "effect" when "affect" was the word you wanted. (Spellcheck doesn't catch homonyms.)
- If you ever learn "how to properly write a concise, well-thought out article," be sure and let us know.
- You are absolutely right: Without a "proper" editor, I have quoted your editorial and thus allowed my blog "to be polluted by unimpressive stories and writing."
- Does it occur to you that "this trend of growing bloggers" includes many people who are "legitimate writers, who have been educated in journalism" and who might be quite happy to work for a newspaper, except that the whole supply-demand thing makes it more lucrative for them to blog?
- Speaking of "lucrative," as a sideline, I've got a little consulting business teaching newbies to blog. Hit the tip jar, read The Rules, send me an e-mail and let's talk, OK? (Include the word "Cthulhu" in the subject line.)
- On the other hand, you might be better suited for another online career, as what we call a "concern troll."
- Has it ever crossed your mind that if newspapers are declining and blogs are growing, then the practicioners of failure ought not take a lecturing tone with the practicioners of success?
UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers! I was just working on a long post about Charles Winecoff's Damascus Road apostasy from the gay rights movement, when I took a break and checked my SiteMeter and -- kazart! -- Professor Glenn Reynolds hit me when I wasn't looking. ("You said the secret word," to quote Groucho Marx from "You Bet Your Life.")
Newcomers please click around to the linkage and if you haven't yet contributed to the David Brooks Fisking Fund, then hit the tip jar, you ungrateful bastards. Tuesday's coming soon.
UPDATE II: Comments are moderated, and servicing the Instalanche traffic thus requires me to put aside the draft of my Winecoff post for a while, so I will ask you to check out Cynthia "Nice Cans" Yockey:
Charles, I came out in 1972 and I have a question for you: "When was the gay and lesbian community EVER nice?" Because I can't think of a time.Being a strictly objective professional
My true interest, of course, is fundamentally professional -- I Write For Money -- and so once again: Hit the tip jar, you ungrateful bastards. (Because life is like a box of chocolates, and my promotional work on the Jello wrestling catfight for Big Sexy is strictly a charitable endeavor.)
UPDATE III: When the going gets weird . . . oh, never mind. I've apologized like a good Christian and maintained my Lenten vow, so my conscience is clean.
Meanwhile, The Comment Field Research Department suggests Hornet editorial page editor Ian Jacobs as the likely culprit in this atrocity against the English language that wins the coveted Rather Award. (Hey, punk, y'ever hear of An Army of Davids?)