The New York Times Launches Political Bog With Front Page "Story" On The Clinton Marriage
What's the paper of record to do when its readership numbers tank and those pesky bloggers start getting more hits than the NYTimes?
Start your own political blog, of course. Sorry, I can't stop laughing about major revenue-based media conglomerates jumping on the blog bandwagon.
It's like the British army publishing its own late 18th century pamphlets and distributing them to King George's colonists.
Anyway, that whole frontpage above-the-fold NYT article about the Clinton marriage was nothing but an elaborate advertising blitz, designed to draw gossip lovers away from The Post's Page Six and straight to the NYT's new "news"-based blog.
May 22 8:00 am
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Hiding behind the "blog" definition and enticing readers with juicy bits of sex/no sex gossip, the NYT thinks it's no longer necessary to cite any reputable sources at all or even address the rumor content on its "blog" site. Savor the analysis, indeed.
Alas, NYT. You haven't been the same since the WaPo creamed you with its Watergate scoops and Pulitzers.
How about a blog on the downhill slide of a once great newspaper?
Didn't think so. That would take research and reputable source citation. Besides, it's way more fun to smear the Clintons.
By the way, which office is Bill Clinton running for in '06?
And when will you conduct your on-the-street survey on the Bush marriage?
That's just gossip, you say?
So you think you know Delilah?
Judges 16:19-- And she made him (Samson) sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head.