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Monday, February 21, 2005

Editor Of Formerly Relevant Newspaper Blasts Bloggers

Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, doesn’t seem to think much of bloggers.

Keller also sees “blogging,” or online writing that blurs news and commentary, as a mixed blessing. While he celebrated the blogger’s ability to uncover breaking news, he noted that a blog’s inherent bias might be detrimental to the reader. “A blog is still a view of the world through a pinhole,” he said, noting that it can sometimes fall as low as being a “one man circle jerk.”

Given the recent scandals at the former “paper of record,” I think he might consider his words carefully. After all, we certainly couldn’t do any worse that the folks who supervised Jayson Blair.

But I'm curious if he considers the inherent bias of the Times beneficial to the reader, or does he consider it equally detrimental?

And we won't comment on the type of "hole" through which the folks at the Times view the world, or how far up it their heads are.


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