That crisis in political blogging/journalism?

Just quickly, and on the hoof, here is some more from the Great British Blog Journalism Debate. British Spin has an interesting, and exceptionally nuanced, take on Polly Toynbee’s recent speech The Art of the Columnist, in which she suggests that all blogging has told her is that she has about 50 arch enemies.Mr Spin identifies the key problem with putting the blame on Bloggers; it weren’t them wot started it:

The trouble is that the biggest outbursts of outraged ranting and ill researched nonsense tends not to come from the small audience lunatics like me, but from blinkered idealogues given space in the Guardian and the biggest source of ill informed gossip and speculation as central fact are the TV news channels.

Whether it’s Andrew Murray, the always reliably barmy A L Kennedy, or today’s effort from Geooffrey Wheatcroft, the Guardian has done more to promote ranting than any number of blogs. And whether it’s Natasha Kaplinsky, Andrew Neill or Kay Burley, the TV news channels have done more to promote superficiality and scandal as the currency of news than any number of spittle flecked bloggers like Guido Fawkes.

  • No wonder Polly hates bloggers – apart from her authoritarian streak, she’s been factchecked into oblivion more times than I can remember. The Toynbee article smacked of snobbery and self-importance; British Spin is right to point out that bloggers are just doing what the commentariat have done for decades – and that they usually do it better.

  • The Dubliner

    “So the whole article is made up of factually wrong assertions designed to support a thesis which has no evidence to support it.” – Mr Natural

    That nicely sums up 99.9% of Northern Ireland debate from just about every side to it, actually (even though he wasn’t refering to it). Where ‘truth’ becomes interchangable with credible assertion, whomever proffers the most impressive credentials ‘wins’ the argument – in Blog terms, the more links the Blogger includes per article, the truer is the truth, so to speak. One link = very poor argument.