1. OK, since I’m being poked at with a stick, I’ll commit to responding at length on this topic — perhaps this afternoon, but probably only in the next couple of days.

    However a few key points for me:

    1. I’m sick of MSM trading on “trust” and rubbishing bloggers for not checking facts when their own journalistic methods gave up fact-checking long ago. Perhaps not their own choice, but forced upon them by shrinking budgets and “productivity”.

    2. I’m sick of MSM claiming to be “objective” when they load stories with judgemental adjectives telling us how to think. A headline starting “A shocking report…” is telling us to be shocked — rather different from reporting who was shocked.

    3. I think Margaret Simons and Kerry O’Brien are idiots for not doing Australia 2020. In what way would their neutrality be compromised? Do they actually prefer to be on the sidelines and then having to whinge that it didn’t turn out the way they wanted? Both are smart, well-experienced journalists who’d have a lot to contribute!

    You and I are in furious agreement on this one, Laurel!

  2. @stilgherrian did you post? *too lazy to check*

    codswallop is the preferred term.

    What part didn’t you understand dear? Btw, you are now in the 9% (not the 90% or the 1%).

  3. I’m a journalist (newspaper) and a blogger and I have nominated for the 2020 summit.

    As a journalist I try to be objective. I think people want reporters to report, not to give their opinions.

    People can form their own views based on the objective information that’s provided to them. That lends itself to being reported (ie the reaction becomes a story).

    I don’t think people expect blogs to be objective or impartial.

    As for 2020, well I assume it’s about giving our opinions and ideas, not our objective analysis.

    I’m just hoping it’s well moderated so everyone gets a fair chance to express themselves, not just the loudest.

  4. @michael gorey, yay! I’m glad you are bringing YOURSELF to the 2020 summit! I do think the world needs both types of reporting – passionate communication with rich depth and also, cool analysis offering alternate scenarios. I probably wasn’t clear on that in the blog post.

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