Feed Reading

After using the Google Reader, I must say, I like Feed Reading.  I was very apprehensive about it at first, but it does in fact save a lot of time having all my regularly visited sites all right there on one page.  This will definitely be something that I continue using after the class.  This was my first experience with feed reading.  


Blog Review: LewRockwell

http://www.lewrockwell.com describes itself as “An anti-state/pro-market site on the net”.  This site reminds me of the Moonbattery blog I reported on earlier. This is a libertarian website with, in my opinion, one-sided reporting. I get a “conspiracy-theory” feel from this blog. Here is a “story” about the Afghan president being paid by CIA.  It just sounds like conspiracy theories. The stories found here are nothing like the stories I would find in my newspaper.  I didn’t see sources cited.  It’s not a blog I would frequent.  

Blog Review: AmericaBlog

www.americablog.com is a liberal american blog. The blog reports on current news events with everything from politics to firemen saving kittens from trees.  The blog is largely liberal.  The blog bears a close resemblance to the news you would find in a local newspaper.  I didn’t see any articles extreme in either direction. As far as i could see, there weren’t any sources cited on this site. Overall I got a good feel from this site.  I liked it. 


Here is a post I thought was interesting and that says a lot about how far our country has come and still how far we have to go when it comes to black/white. 

Review: Moonbattery

www.moonbattery.com is described as “Critique, commentary and discussion of left-leaning political factions” on it’s site. This blog “reports” on issues such as gun-control, weapons in school, and other issues that are forefront in the media.  There was an article about a boy who was suspended from school for bringing a swiss army knife on a week-long school camping trip.  The blog “reported” the kid was threatened with expulsion, had the police called on him, and was confined for the remainder of the trip.  It posted a picture of the boy, who looked about 9 or 10 with the 2-3 inch long swiss army knife.  It reported outrage and disbelief that this could happen.  That the knife was a tool, and so forth.  I agree that the situation was bad for the kid, and maybe the administrators overreacted, but the fact is the kid broke a rule.  The kid failed to abide by school policy and was punished for it.  The blog was set on bashing the policy itself without acknowledging any wrong doing by the kid or parent.  I didn’t see any sources cited. I wouldn’t look to this blog for news so to speak.  The blog had pictures of the President, with a caption contest, pictures of the First Lady, mocking her.  While entertaining and though provoking, I wouldn’t call it a reliable source of news, it’s very one-sided.



Blogging and Jounalism

Are bloggers journalists?

I believe that some bloggers are journalists.  I do not see the housewife blogging about her day to day life and family vacations as a journalist, but I guess to some, her posts could be considered “news”.  


Why or why not?

I believe “news” is in the eye of the beholder.  I consider the start of the summer tour of my favorite band “news” but others may not.  I think that the word “journalist” has a denotation that you have went to school, have a degree and work for some sort of publication, but the connotation nowadays has taken on more

Bloggers have been responsible for breaking and carrying news stories that have resulted in senators losing their jobs and possibly changed the course of the last presidential election. Is that good or bad?


Maybe bad for the senators who’ve lost their jobs and the candidates who’ve lost, but good for people who were more informed than they would have been otherwise. Blogs are another source for information. Just like any other outlet, if the source creditable then the information will fly.  

Should bloggers have the same rights (to access events, interview, etc) and protections (not to have to reveal their sources) as nespaper and television reporters?

I’m not sure if there is a licensing procedure or some process for journalists that grants them the protections and rights, but I would say if there is, then as long as the blogger goes through the process, then why not grant them the same rights and protections

In your answer, consider a few hypothetical scenarios based on real-world incidents:

Scenario One: a reporter for a major newspaper reports, using anonymous sources, on a falsified government document. When the government agency attempts to force him to reveal his source, he refuses… and is protected by a “shield law” that he does not have to reveal those sources. A blogger breaks the exact same story at the exact same time. Should he receive the same protection? Would your answer change if you found out the blogger had been running a news and politics blog for years? What if she’d never posted a news story before but stumbled onto this one?

I feel like there has to be a standard.  Like I mentioned before, I’m not sure if there is licensing or some process journalists have to go through for this protection.  IF there is, then I feel to be protected, everyone has to go through the same process.  I guess as a measure of fairness?  I’m not sure how to put it, but there needs to be a standard. 

Scenario Two: A blogger applies to receive press credentials so he can get into a political event. He is denied, because he’s “not a journalist,” even though many reporters are allowed in who have fewer readers than the blogger. Is that fair? Would it matter if, instead of news bloggers and newspaper reporters the same situation arose at a fashion show with a writer for a fashion magazine and a fashion blogger?

There should be a set standard for credentialing.