Monday, April 18, 2005

Self-pity From the “F*** Bush” Crowd

For Every Story, An Online Epilogue
Via E-Mail and Blog, Anyone's a Critic

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 18, 2005; Page C01

The growing tide of personal attacks by bloggers and e-mailers "can make you really paranoid," says New York Times reporter Adam Nagourney.
ABC's Linda Douglass says she has "learned that I have not just critics but people who seem to hate me that I don't even know about."
"It's very nasty and personal and scatological," says Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank.
The rise of the blogosphere remains one of the most exciting communications developments in decades, giving ordinary folks the chance to bite back at a media establishment widely viewed as arrogant. It's little surprise that mainstream media types don't like being questioned, challenged and chided by critics typing from their basements and bedrooms.
But the increasingly caustic nature of some online criticism is prompting many journalists to complain that their honesty and motivation are being trashed along with their work.
"You want to pay attention to what legitimate critics are saying out there," Nagourney says. "In journalism, you screw up from time to time. But it's become so toxic -- attacks for the sake of attacks."…


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