Defending his Los Angeles Times piece attacking blogs for their lack of journalistic standards, journalism professor Michael Skube “freely admits that he allows to appear under his own name claims about a publication he concedes he’s never read.”
Gosh, do you suppose someday us lowly weblogs might aspire to this Olympian standard of probity and integrity?
Alternately, does it seem to you possible that today’s media establishment isn’t just self-interested and corrupt, but in fact downright mentally deficient? This is beyond pathetic and well into bulbous-rubber-nose and floppy-clown-feet territory.
UPDATE: Teresa thinks I muffled the main point. Skube’s piece criticizes blogs for their lack of “old-style gumshoe reporting.” But the blogs he singles out include sites such as Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo, which regularly features original reporting of very high quality. Challenged on this point by Marshall, Skube responded that he wasn’t actually familiar with TPM; its mention had been “inserted late by an editor who perhaps thought I needed to cite more examples.” As excuses go, this is right up there with “I didn’t plagiarize my term paper from someone else’s; the roommate who wrote it for me did so.”