Thursday, September 08, 2005

Credit Where Credit Is Due

It's probably the nightmare of every journalist -- professional or vanity (we bloggers belong to the latter type) -- to get stung by a source. Source. You know -- the person who feeds you "insider information" to post on your blog (or in your column) so you can get the scoop on everyone else.

You should be able to trust your sources. Being really new to this world, I'm not sure what the source gets out of it (professional sources probably get money, but bloggers are not rich. At least, I'm not). Vicarious thrills, maybe, that the "tip" went public, and they had something to do with it?

There are bloggers out there who have built up such a following as to be almost professional. Indeed, some of them could be -- possibly should be. They have sources. They trust those sources. And the readers trust the bloggers.

So, what happens when a source burns a blogger?

I don't imagine much is going to happen to the source, except that his credibilty is forever shot. He'll never, as they say, "work in this town again."

But what happens to the blogger?

Well, that depends entirely on what he does next. This one and this one both got burned by the same source on the same story. Go read how they handled their end of things.

Well done, Stephen and Angry. Class acts, both of you.

Professional journalists -- take notes!

3 Comments:

Blogger Stephen Taylor said...

Thank you for your kind comments.

Praise has come from the right and scorn has come from the left.

Since you're a non-partisan, your comments meant a lot.

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:02:00 AM  
Blogger Chimera said...

The left has pulled some pretty big boners, themselves. And the centrists. And the non-partisans.

Nobody's perfect. We all make mistakes, and we all get stung. It's how we handle ourselves afterward that makes a difference to me.

You and Angry did good.

Friday, September 09, 2005 4:14:00 PM  
Blogger DazzlinDino said...

Factor into that how seldom the right is actually wrong.....

Saturday, September 10, 2005 11:48:00 PM  

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