My latest post at the Star Ledger’s New Jersey Voices, Paul’s almost right about bloggers is up. Please go read it and comment on it.
Instapundit, in a rare extended post, lets it rip:
Anyway, it’s certainly true that bloggers as a class are more competition for careless pundits like Mulshine than for go-getter reporters who find out things that people don’t know, and report them truthfully. It’s also true that those go-getter reporters who put the truth first are pretty scarce in the world of Big Media reporting, and that management shows no sign of wanting more of them, and many signs of wanting attitude-mongers like, well, Mulshine. This is, as I’ve noted before, a dumb business strategy, which explains in part why newspapers are doing so badly. For more on that, see this thoughtful piece by Evan Coyne Maloney. Also, these thoughts from Jay Rosen.
Welcome, Instapundit and Ed Driscoll readers.
Jay Rosen, who commented below, refers to me in his tweet as Paul Mulshine’s colleague. Jay is misinformed, as I am not an employee of the Star Ledger and receive no pay for my posts there, which is why there are so few. Paul and I are among several people who post at the NJ Voices blog. I have known Paul for years, well before I started blogging.
UPDATE, Sunday 28 December
Jeff Jarvis asks in Facebook,
“Can anyone help me recall the earlier Mulshine-like anti-blog journalist-as-priest screeds the WSJ opinion page has run?”
I don’t recall I don’t recall a prior WSJ article, but back in June 2006 Paul ripped on bloggers in his Star Ledger Sunday column.
I don’t think the Star Ledger’s archives go back that far (they keep a rolling 18-month archive, and everything prior seems to evaporate), which is another source of frustration when blogging about NJ. FWIW, back then I posted 4 paragraphs of his screed in my June 12, 2006 post.
Was there a prior guest columnist at the WSJ ripping on bloggers?
Jules has more on Paul’s article.
Warner Todd Hudson looks at where Paul is right, and where he’s wrong.