The mainstream media better not complain about blogs, social media, etc. Seems it often gets its best stories there.
We all know how bloggers poked holes in Dan Rather’s story about President Bush’s National Guard service. Now it seems that CNN.com is chasing the blogosphere on a fascinating story about Twitter.
I looped out the CNN story to some of my favorite colleagues, and lo and behold, one already had blogged about the same item several days previous. Kudos to Kathy Gill, a former U. of Georgia colleague now lecturing on digital media at the U. of Washington.
Guess this is why I should not get upset about Rupert Murdoch trying to buy Newsday in New York. I feel Murdoch already is too powerful, with ownership of FOX, The Wall Street Journal (already getting new leadership) and MySpace.com, and that would only pour more fuel on the fire. Glad to see now that at least Newsday has another suitor, the owner of the New York Daily News.
But if the print media and mainstream media are chasing bloggers, then it might not be so bad if Murdoch is allowed to close on the deal. His operations never have been noted for journalistic integrity, and anything subpar or shady would be exposed by the citizen posse.
How powerful is the Internet? Well, speaking of regulatory action, check out the Yahoo-Google ad deal. It wasn’t that long ago that we were in the dot-com collapse. Now …