Tim Dunlop makes some excellent points:
I defy anyone to explain the difference between what Media Watch does and what the average political blogger does. Their site even looks like a blog when you lay one of their transcripts out on a page.
Instead of trying to draw fine lines between “journalism” and “blogging”, revering the former while denigrating the latter, they would be better served making a distinction between quality work and shoddy work no matter whether the person involved is technically a journalist or not. Clearly their low opinion of blogging as a whole is affecting the way they respond to errors, and it seems they will go in harder against a blogger than they will against a journalist, perahps (ooh, look! a typo!) especially an ABC journalist.
The paradox of this is that, if journalism is truly that superior to blogging, then you would think that an organisation like Media Watch would hold the journalist to a higher standard. The opposite seems to be the case, at least in this week’s program.
The taxpayer is their PayPal button.
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