I Knew Jayson Blair. Jayson Blair Was a Friend of Mine

I love this comment from former New York Times editor Howell Raines on blogs,

And Fark.com’s recent declaration that its contributors don’t hold themselves “to the same standards as (The New York Times)” probably didn’t do the genre any favors.

Howell knew Jayson Blair. Jayson Blair was a reporter of his. And believe me, blogs are no Jayson Blair.

This is, of course, the same Howell Raines who recently was arguing with all sincerity that John Kerry should lie in order to advance his presidential bid,

As matters now stand, Kerry has assured the DLC, “I am not a redistributionist Democrat.” That’s actually a good start. Using that promise as disinformation, he must now figure out a creative way to become a redistributionist Democrat.

If blogs avoid following the New York Times’ standards, that sounds like a good start to me.

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