It’s fascinating to watch the back and forth between Bill Keller, a top editorial guy at the NY Times, and Jeff Jarvis, a NY blogger who they look to for an authoritative view of blogging as it relates to journalism.
I don’t want to presume to speak for Jarvis, but I share his obvious frustration at the way Keller spins the blogger position. God help us if the bloggers replace professional journalists, but also god help us if the professionals don’t start taking their jobs seriously. Someone needs to watch the people who run the show, who manage the US budget and military, run the education system, keep the trains and garbage trucks running. If it’s not the Times, who would it be? I don’t trust any of my fellow bloggers to do it.
Keller’s comments are about as irresponsible as our President’s insistence that Congress is to blame for his mistakes. It’s a joke — you don’t have to look very deeply to see that Congress was Republican for most of Bush’s tenure, and the bloggers are, like Congress, looking for some leadership from the professionals. Keller, if you want permission to keep doing the same sloppy business in the future that you’ve been doing in the past, you won’t get that from us bloggers. We want you to do better. And you can start by quoting Jarvis accurately. 🙂