Friday, February 10, 2006

First use of blog as primary reference in NZ Herald?

This story (the NASAgate incident going around at the moment) in the herald today is interesting. As far as i can tell, this is the first time a blog has been mentioned as a reference source in a wider story;
The Times and the scientificactivist.blogspot.com website reported that Deutsch, who worked on President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, lied about his college degree.
Now, i like blogs as much as the next guy (and i quite like the one mentioned since i was in Oxford during an animal rights march that he was discussing at the time), but the juxtaposition of The Times and [insert random blog here] implies to non-webbies that this blog thing must be like a newspaper.

The freedom of a blog to throw any old opinion out there vs a newspaper that has editorial and reputation protecting issues (hah!, if only they thought about that more often) is like giving evolutionists and creationists even space in a story to maintain 'balance'. Blogs need to be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism, roughly 5x as much as your average newspaper story oops- article, they have agendas to push: it's their raison d'etre.

Note to NZ Herald: You're playing with fire here, i hope you understand whats going on and you haven't just hired a wet behind the ears BSc graduate to do this scienc-y reporting thing.

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