The two posts below go together: The first is about the death of the Dan Rathers of news; the second is what should rise in their place.

The two posts below go together: The first is about the death of the Dan Rathers of news; the second is what should rise in their place.

  • http://moreplease.blogspot.com matty

    jeff,
    i’m with you that rather and a lot of the big guys have a lot of egg on their face, and that their ivory-attitude of superiority doesn’t help them.
    i do wonder why dan rather and jason blair have been the focus of so much time and effort by the blogs, as opposed to judith miller and jack kelly. sure, bloggers are not obligated to write about anything they don’t want to, nor should they be. but at the same time, doesn’t it look fishy to only attack when you disagree with the institution?
    in terms of relevance and importance, miller’s reporting was much more consequential than rather’s.
    if you think that your critiques on rather/cbs are really more to the medium of tv, i’d understand, but it seems like all of the major news organizations are facing a similar change in information access and technological growth.

  • http://moreplease.blogspot.com matty

    btw, really like your recommendations. its amazing how even some of the pioneering internet sites haven’t done this. depsite the fantastic “fray” on slate, their in-house blogger doesn’t even have permalinks. i’d love to see an ombudsblogger (or two) at major organizations.

  • http://myblahg.blogspot.com Robert McClelland

    Jeff, you’re projecting the way you do things onto everyone else. There are still tens of millions of people who want to get their news in a condensed one hour format they can watch while eating dinner or relaxing after dinner. And one of the most basic reasons for this is that not everyone can spend ten hours a day surfing the internet for their news. All that is happening right now is a changing of the guards which is overdue anyways. I mean, 24 years is a long time to be staring at Dan Rather’s face.

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    Robert:
    I’m not suggesting that they kill their shows but expand them — take their good stories to people who don’t have the chance to see the show when it’s aired and only when it’s aired.

  • http://www.writehard.blogspot.com michael

    great blog. keep up the good work.

  • Chuck

    Now, that Rather has ditched, perhaps the NYTimes will see some real light and extinguish their glaring flashes of non-news!