Posts from April 25, 2004

Whereabouts

Whereabouts
: Posting likely to be on-and-off. Could be on. Could be off.

For the record

For the record
: NY Times Public Editor Dan Okrent celebrates that the New York Times is no longer the paper of record. Right. Google is.

Where to get first-hand news

Where to get first-hand news
: Reporters in Iraq can’t give us first-hand news… but bloggers can.

The head of CNN laments that the violence in Iraq means that reporters are not getting out to find out what is going on firsthand and that means we’re not getting good reporting from Iraq:

I think news consumers are being shortchanged to a degree, not just on television but in print, because journalists are not able to do their jobs effectively, and certainly the depth and breadth of reporting that you saw even a month ago was far more vast than what news consumers get today.

This makes Cori Dauber sputter:

We’re being shortchanged to a degree? Well I suppose that we are. And I applaud him for making that clear and explaining the limitations on reporting clearly and explicitly so that we can evaluate what we’re getting from Iraq knowing that.

All the more reason for us — and for news organizations! — to watch what the Iraqi bloggers are saying and to hope that more start publishing. It’s not their job to cover all the news. But they give us the news they know from their perspectives. On many days, Zeyad’s blogroll has news from the front.

See, for example, this report from Alaa.

: River also criticizes media coverage — Western media coverage — of Iraq.

Hyper about hyperlocal

Hyper about hyperlocal
: Go to GoSkokie.com: “news for the people by the people.” It’s the fruit of the hyperlocal project at Northwestern. Very exciting to see something grow from concept to reality so quickly.

Kerry’s quagmire: Nothing for something

Kerry’s quagmire: Nothing for something
: G. Pascal Zachary says in the SF Chron that Iraq could be Kerry’s quagmire instead of Bush’s:

The conventional wisdom would have you think Iraq is turning into George Bush’s quagmire, his Vietnam.

Well, as the war gets worse, Bush’s popularity remains steady and even nudges up a bit, and at least his bedrock supporters seem prepared to stick with him no matter what happens in Iraq….

The perils for Kerry were revealed last week when Ralph Nader, who may have cost Al Gore the 2000 presidential election, described Kerry as “stuck in the Iraq quagmire the way Bush is.” …

Nader now has a rationale for his campaign. While the antiwar wing is small, it is large enough, if it goes for Nader, to tip the vote Bush’s way in a few swing states. …

To avoid this, Kerry needs to quickly assemble a thoughtful, practical and compelling plan that reframes the debate over Iraq’s future.

I keep quoting Micah Sifry on this: You can’t beat something with nothing.