Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Matt Ridley in The Spectator:
Journalists are wont to moan that the slow death of newspapers will mean a disastrous loss of investigative reporting. The web is all very well, they say, but who will pay for the tenacious sniffing newshounds to flush out the real story? 'Climategate' proves the opposite to be true. It was amateur bloggers who scented the exaggerations, distortions and corruptions in the climate establishment; whereas newspaper reporters, even after the scandal broke, played poodle to their sources.
(via The Corner)

1 comment:

OBloodyHell said...

If it hurts the political right, it'll be found by the stars of investigative journalism. If it hurts the political left, it'll be found by independent bloggers.

Climategate is hardly the only example. All of Obama's connections to various less-than-spectacular individuals were uncovered by bloggers, as was the effort to smear Bush four years ago, the ACORN scandal...