Monday, February 21, 2005
This is a good read. It is an article discussing a speech given over the weekend by NY Times editor Bill Keller. Here is my favorite part:

Keller also sees “blogging,” or online writing that blurs news and commentary, as a mixed blessing. While he celebrated the blogger’s ability to uncover breaking news, he noted that a blog’s inherent bias might be detrimental to the reader. “A blog is still a view of the world through a pinhole,” he said, noting that it can sometimes fall as low as being a “one man circle jerk.”

“There is a pressure to feel well informed without ever confronting an opinion that confronts your prejudices,” he said of blog readers.

Too bad Keller doesn't realize the main stream media, including (or perhaps best exemplified by) the NY Times, does the exact same thing. When reporters and editors all have essentially one world view it is irrelevant how many of them there are, the news will inevitably be biased. This goes for both left and right bias. And therefore, it is up to the readers themselves to think critically about what they are reading - regardless of whether they are reading this blog, or the NY Times.

Besides, this blog is less biased.
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