Blogs as “news” sources.

An old post that I thought I had hit “Publish” on, but apparently didn’t…

You know, I’m really getting tired of blogs and other opinion pieces being considered as news. They are not news. They are editorials. They are opinions. They are not news.

I know, this comes off as being rather odd considering that I own a site that maintains one of the largest collections of some of the most thoughtful and well-considered opinion pieces from average, ordinary people. Wouldn’t I want America’s Debate to be considered a news source?

Well, it’s a double-edged sword. Sure, I would like the publicity that would come with being considered a “news source.” But, at the same time, I know that we are in fact not a news organization. We are an opinion organization, plain and simple. To consider us as news would be incorrect.

That doesn’t mean, however, that opinion pieces posted to America’s Debate couldn’t be news. I know of two distinct situations where potential submissions could have, and likely would have, been considered “news.”

This also doesn’t mean that we are not a valuable source for legitimate news.

Now that the major media seems to have thrown all semblance of legitimacy out the window, though, blogs are news. We see it everywhere. Television, radio, and print pieces from, for lack of a better term, the corporate-owned media outlets have all used blogs as sources.

That’s right, the source for that article you read may be a thirty-five year old unemployed man who lives in his mother’s basement and hasn’t had physical contact with a non-related member of the opposite sex in years.

3 thoughts on “Blogs as “news” sources.

  1. Now come on … “Fox News” is considered news. So it’s perfectly logical to consider America’s Debate and blog news as well! I mean, watch Fox News from 6-10 any weekday evening and tell me that isn’t as opinionated as any blog.

  2. I completely agree with you. It is *not* news.

    In fact, I regularly refer to Fox as “Fox News and Entertainment.”

    And, I am often critical of all of the cable news outlets because I think they lack detail. They have all of this air time, yet they cycle cycle cycle.

    Fox News: 24 hour news, 30 seconds at a time.

    Focus, people, focus! Tell me something that you haven’t already told me, please.

    Thanks for the comment, Fargo!

    Mike

  3. All the news outlets are a joke. FOX has the best ratings so the other networks (that never had integrity to begin with) are following their model. CNN is painful to watch and MSNBC is just the worst.

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