‘You Poor Dear…’

2012 April 22
by drdog09

Looks like the slime is seeping out of the Washington Post —

After Discovery News raised objections, Flock resigned voluntarily. She said that the mistakes were hers. She said it was only a matter of time before she made a third one; the pressures were just too great.

But The Post failed her as much as she failed The Post. I spoke with several young bloggers at The Post this week, and some who have left in recent months, and they had the same critique.

They said that they felt as if they were out there alone in digital land, under high pressure to get Web hits, with no training, little guidance or mentoring and sparse editing. Guidelines for aggregating stories are almost nonexistent, they said. And they believe that, even if they do a good job, there is no path forward. Will they one day graduate to a beat, covering a crime scene, a city council or a school board? They didn’t know. So some left; others are thinking of quitting.

Katharine Zaleski, executive director of digital news, said that bloggers are made aware of The Post’s high standards: “We’re deeply conscious of the imperatives our bloggers face and go to great lengths to ensure they have the editorial support they need. We tell bloggers that their first and central priority is accuracy, not speed, not buzziness. The Washington Post’s standards apply every bit as much to our digital work as they do to our print edition. And our bloggers honor that.”

The Post lets go nearly three dozen veterans in the newsroom to cut costs, and it falls short in cultivating its young and future talent. No, not a good few days.

Read the whole thing.

Now one can slice this two ways.

  • This is a case of a lone blogger who in the crush of deadlines committed a faux pas and got nailed for it. Valiant as it is, she does the right thing and resigns.
  • The Post is a venerable organization that has a high level of standards and expects them upheld. One of their less than well paid interns was caught not upholding those standards and we were preparing to axe her. But we are compassionate so we offered her the honorable choice to resign.

Somewhere between those two views is the truth of the matter. Regardless it does not play well for WaPo. Where are all the editors and fact checkers their management always touts? Nowhere of course. Did Flock fall prey to cutting corners. Surely. But what is closer to the matter is that WaPo probably does not know how to manage new media and as a consequence the environment that is portrayed in the piece generates the results.

But consider, Flock was generating up to 3000 words a day for the paper. The average pulp reporter probably does not do that in a week. Instadundit who is probably the top aggregation site for a general interest law blog averages maybe 200 words a day in a summary format. The rest is quotes and links. Even on BJG we average approximately 1500 words or so. But it is spread across the breath of community contributions.

Bottom line. In the blogging game, having a fancy journo masthead does not guarantee quality product. The MSM has become us not better than us. It is up to us to maintain the standards now.


This is how out of touch the people of the NYT have been —

Hate to tell ya folks but defined pension plans have been dead for years. There has not been a new defined pension implemented since the early 90’s. Oh and by the way, even with many of you on staff, the NYT is white space already to most conservatives.

23 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 April 23 3:09 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “You’re so vain….” – http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/2012/04/23/#006500

  2. 2012 April 23 6:00 am
    justrand permalink

    Flock was responsible for this (from inside the article):

    She did a roundup on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney allegedly using an old Ku Klux Klan slogan in his stump speech — a story that went viral online yet was untrue — and she didn’t call the Romney campaign for comment, nor did any editor make sure she did.

    And THAT bullcrap story will go viral AGAIN when the campaign starts up. She did her part for the Obama Campaign…they’ll find a place for her in the White House.

  3. 2012 April 23 6:01 am
    justrand permalink

  4. 2012 April 23 6:04 am
    justrand permalink

  5. 2012 April 23 6:06 am
    justrand permalink

    and THIS almost made me spit out a perfectly good mouthful of coffee:


  6. 2012 April 23 7:03 am

  7. 2012 April 23 7:12 am

    My heart truly pumps piss for the poor NYT lefties, in their hour of grief.

  8. 2012 April 23 7:12 am

    5. That should be getting far more coverage then it has so far this morning.

  9. 2012 April 23 7:26 am
    drdog09 permalink

  10. 2012 April 23 7:29 am
    drdog09 permalink

    7, IP,

    What I find interesting in the video is the near helplessness attitude of the interviewees. It was like a community sing song of ‘somebody come save us, we don’t know to do.’ Only one person alluded to a walkout. They have drunk the Koolaid for so long they can’t get out of their chairs and carry a picket.

  11. 2012 April 23 7:35 am
    drdog09 permalink

    I remember a time when a certain Congresswoman got shot and the Left called for ‘civility’. Guess there is an expiration date on such requests — http://twitchy.com/2012/04/23/twitter-lynch-mob-now-that-george-zimmerman-is-out-on-bail-lets-kill-him/

  12. 2012 April 23 7:37 am
    mulletover permalink


    O-dog-eater better spend that $8 billion in a hurry, as surely the whole of obamacare will be struck down in June.

    The Supreme Court will do that, Right?

    Of course they will…..

    Won’t they?

  13. 2012 April 23 7:39 am

    When my former employer went tits up, my pension went with it.

  14. 2012 April 23 7:41 am

    The Supreme Court will do that, Right?

    Of course they will…..

    Won’t they

    You’ve been swimming in murky water again.

  15. 2012 April 23 7:44 am
    drdog09 permalink

    13, yeah. That is the core problem with defined pension plans. When I punched out of Verizon I pulled my funds 365days+2hrs after leaving. (waiting period.) I had already been goosed when the merger occurred. The old GTE pension was 130% funded. The CEO saw to it that they scarfed up the overage.

  16. 2012 April 23 8:12 am
    JustMary permalink

    #2 Two can play at that game. That reminds me…I need to get my American History in Black and White book back from a friend. It is filled with plenty of ammo for this particular game.

  17. 2012 April 23 8:18 am
    JustMary permalink

    #11 Can you imagine a bunch of white people calling for the death of a black man on Twitter? Even a half black man? Hmmmm? Lots and lots of police attention. Black people calling for the death of a Hispanic, or as they call him “white” man? Meh. Lawlessness.

  18. 2012 April 23 8:20 am
    bc3b permalink

    This is typical of MSM. The accusation (lie) usually goes on page one or in the lead of a nightly newscast and tremendous attention. The correction (retraction) is buried on page 27 if it is made at all.

    MSM has repeatedly used this technique with Sarah Palin to ruin her favorability ratings.

  19. 2012 April 23 8:23 am
    JustMary permalink

  20. 2012 April 23 8:58 am
    judyt2012 permalink

    o/t — Voter fraud in Virginia in 2008….


    So far 20 people from my county are charged. I suspect that for the 20 found violations there are at least 1,000 more.

    Obama won VA by 250K votes. While Webb beat Allen by a couple thousand.

    I believe an extensive investigation would find at least 200K are people who lived in Maryland and DC during the first six months of 2008 and the first six months of 2009,and during the summer of 2008 they moved to their cousin’s house in NOVA and lived there until Thanksgiving (along with the other couple dozen cousins sleeping on the same pull out sofa.)

  21. 2012 April 23 9:00 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Even worse in places like Florida I suspect. Many have manipulated dual residency. So they vote in both NY and Fla for example.

  22. 2012 April 23 9:09 am
    judyt2012 permalink

    The article on Virginia voter fruad notes that many claims were not prosecuted because prosecutor decided to not pursue the criminals. Many more reported events of fraud were not investigated because of the inability to find the fraudulent voters and the cost of pursuing the investigations.

  23. 2012 April 23 10:01 am

    Banana republik here we come are..

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