McCain coverage: Is Jayson Blair still working for the NYT?

There’s lots of blather all over the web about the New York Times piece on John McCain.  

I could link to something, but you’ve all seen it. Here are my own four comments:

First, the priestly class of reporters and editors in America have forever heaped spite on blogs for being cesspools of rumor and innuendo. So what’s so different about the Times piece? The opening concentration on McCain’s implied sexual affair is nothing but gossip from either unnamed sources or pure speculation. There isn’t a shred of direct evidence to support it, and as Dan Kennedy notes, its probably nobody’s business.

Second, the priestly class of reporters and editors in America routinely bemoan the dumbing down of journalism because of the innumerable stories about Britney Spears. How is the Times piece any different than celebrity gossip? The next time a guy like Jim O’Shea complains about Britney Spears coverage, just point him to the NYT McCain piece. 

Third, anonymous sources. If there is a more cowardly way of reporting than using anonymous sources to create smear articles, I don’t know what it is. If you’re going to use anonymous sources, use them for real scandal — you know, like Watergate.

Fourth, I  chuckled when I read the opening graphs of the story.  The spin reminds me of this piece from the Onion.  You can sensationalize anything if you want a story bad enough.  

Folks, journalism is in serious need of reinvention, if this is what America’s finest paper thinks is news.

Upcoming interview on BlogTalkRadio

I’ll be in Orlando, Fla. for the next few day attending the NAA’s Connections conference.

Beth Lawton was kind enough to schedule me for an interview with BlogTalkRadio while I’m there.  

Her post on it can be found here

What I didn’t realize is that people — people like you — can ask questions live during the interviews.

There’s a pretty impressive cast of industry leaders among those slated for interviews throughout the conference. Check Beth’s post for a line up.

The BlotTalkRadio page for the conference is here

My interview is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m.  I have no idea what I’m going we’re talk about or be asked, so it should be terrifyingly entertaining.

If you’re attending Connections and want to meet for drinks or coffee, drop me a line at howard owens (oneword) at gmail dot com.