September 16, 2010

Stupidest Anti-Blogger Argument Ever

The Toronto Globe and Mail's Bruce Dowbiggin on how to handle the "blogger problem":

if a blogger wants a place in a press box or dressing room environment there should be something more tangible at stake - say, a bond of $10,000 that a blogger would lose should a court or arbitrator find he or she broke professional standards or libel laws. Such a policy would sort out the valuable from the voluble in short order.
Yea, great idea. Are print reporters subject to the same restrictions? Of course not.

Look, there are bloggers who dig up embarrassing personal stuff about athletes, and there are other bloggers who get credentialed, sit in the press box and pretty much act as beat reporters. There isn't a whole lot of overlap between the groups. The press box should be for people who are respectable journalists with a sizable audience, whereever that audience may be.

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 16, 2010 12:46 AM
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