Monday, February 14, 2005

Bloggers- differing viewpoints

'Gannon' Fodder: Real White House Reporters Weigh In

E&P has the lowdown- Gannon was a fraud and a disgrace to real journalists everywhere.

But the NYT today covered a different resignation. Eason Jordan of CNN resigned after apparently demoralizing some troops somewhere by reporting that some journalists have been killed by American fire in Iraq. After the famed 104th Fighting Keyboardists assailed Jordan, he resigned.

But what gets me is the last paragraph of the NYT story:
Mr. Abovitz, who started it all, said he hoped bloggers could develop loftier goals than destroying people's careers. "If you're going to do this open-source journalism, it should have a higher purpose," he said. "At times it did seem like an angry mob, and an angry mob using high technology, that's not good."


"Open-source journalism."

Meaning, it is open to all, and therefore may be destroyed by all. Just like Linux. Just like anything democratic.

Found out yesterday that I will be owing Uncle Sam a check to the order of $500 or so this tax season. And friends- if you made around $22,000 this year and claimed 1 or 2 deductions on your W2, you will too! If you didn't vote for the thief in chief, I feel your pain. If you did, well, this is what you voted for. Hope you enjoyed your "tax cut" last year because now the bill is due.

Something tells me this is just one of many unpleasant surprises I'll be getting from this administration over the next four years.

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