This is why Internet journalism is
better than what any proprietary operator (TV, cable, or paper) can
deliver. This is why open source journalism is replacing the older
An example is this “story” from
early today that Ned Lamont bloggers hacked Joe Lieberman’s Web site
and took it down.
MSNBC was flogging this nonsense around noon today. Chris Matthews
let Lieberman’s campaign manager rant-and-rant for about 20 minutes
But bloggers looked into it. They used
their knowledge of the Internet, and of Web hosting, and they did some
digging. (All times below are Eastern Daylight.)
- By 1:23 Democratic Underground had
proof the site wasn’t hacked.
By 1:41 Bob Geiger had yet more
evidence the claim of a DOS attack was false.
- At 3:53 MyDD was publishing a list
of idiot journalists who bought the lie without checking .
By 4:15 you could add CNN to the list.
- By 4:09 Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos not only
had pinged all the relevant sites but
could identify the true source of the problem and offered a fix.
- By 4:39 Kos had learned the
Lieberman campaign site was being hosted at a $15/month shared
hosting facility whose bandwidth limits could not scale to host an
election day crowd.
- By 6:30 Wonkette had the bill from
Lieberman’s supposed Web consultant, 2DogMedia, online
- By 7:10 Kos had not only tracked
down 2Dogg, but pinged both the Lieberman main server and its e-mail
server, proving that the whole claim was false showing he paid these people $1,500 for that $15/month service.
This is what’s called open source journalism in action. Unaffiliated people, sharing leads (because they know one another’s Web addresses), all working the story together, and getting it.
All of these stories were publicly
available from the moment they were published, and could have been
used (or checked) by any media outlet, yet no TV network did, instead
using the charge and (sometimes) a Lamont denial, as though the
charge and denial carried equal weight.
This is why we don’t trust the major
media. They don’t have the boots on the ground needed to check facts,
and they’re too damned lazy to stay on top of stories. If it doesn’t
walk up to their cameras and talk to them, it isn’t happening.
And that’s not reality. That’s just TV.
So we don’t believe it anymore.