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No Dave, that’s not what a reporter does

Link: Scripting News: 10/17/2006.

But they understood something that most reporters and their supporters don’t understand — the readers didn’t have a choice just a few years ago, but now we do, we can go direct to their sources, to their blogs, to find out what they think, we don’t need the reporter to assemble the sources for us.

That Dave Winer can actually think that all a reporter does is repeat the information that others want to publically make available proves either that there’s no good reporters left in the US (false) or that Dave doesn’t understand reporting (true). It’s the job of a reporter to find out the information that others don’t want the public to get hold of, not the kind of things that they’d put in a blog.

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  • http://www.bynkii.com John C. Welch

    Dude, Winer spends his life condensing issues into a paragraph. Are you surprised he thinks that since all *he* does is repeat what he’s read elsewhere, therefore that’s all that anyone does?

  • http://technovia.typepad.com Ian Betteridge

    True John, very true. Live by the blog, die by the blog.

  • http://www.bynkii.com John C. Welch

    Oh his cluelessness is even better. Now he’s saying that reporters should push their sources to have blogs. Dave really has no clue about why some people want to remain anonymous.

    sigh…

  • Rakwim5

    Wow… this did not help me at all.

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