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Bloggers "Adopting" Journalists

The lamestream media told you:
News media employ ombudsmen, have trade associations, and ethics guidelines so they can effectively police themselves, to keep their reports fair and balanced, unbiased, free of spin, honest and accurate, and provide true news to the country. An informed electorate is a requirement for successfully running America.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Bloggers are organizing an "adopt a journalist" program to track election coverage and point out abuses -- just in case any are found.

In a report received by The Uninvited Ombudsman:

"You write the story. Your editor checks it. Your copy editor checks it. The story runs. Then your 'watcher' reads it and writes a scathing critique on her Weblog. Welcome to the new workflow for prominent political reporters, as citizen bloggers and the Columbia Journalism Review's Campaign Desk Weblog have created another layer of oversight for the Fourth Estate.

The so-called 'watchblogs' are generally anonymous bloggers who have taken it upon themselves to read each report from a particular presidential campaign reporter and then critique it for factual errors or bias."

The program sprang from leftists and Howard Dean supporters, but has spread. When NY Times reporter Jodi Wilgoren found out she had a blogger watching her (The Wilgoren Watch), she said, "You've got to be kidding me," and complained they might have an agenda, and we don't know their qualifications.

The SPJ Code of Ethics requires journalists to, "invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct" and "encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media."

NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen is afraid the blogs may do damage, and doesn't like the idea that they are anonymous (though not all are).

The Uninvited Ombudsman admits that this report made my day. Thanks to author Craig Cantoni for sending it. Craig's exceptional essays will be added soon to PageNine.org, and he can be reached at http://www.haalt.org

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