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BLOGLAND’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

There are some who say that blogs lack gravitas, that there is no quality writing, that the analyses are hurried and ill-considered. But let us not forget that there are some real journalists who also produce weblogs, people who write for broadsheet newspapers, quality news weeklies and also Time magazine. One of those is Andrew Sullivan who stands as an example of what blogs could become if they were allied with the crafted and considered writing of a professional journalist. So our second thought for the day comes from Andrew’s blog where he deals with the difficulties of covering a war in the mass media:

“What has struck me forcibly so far is not so much the “Simpsons”-like backseat-driving of the media (“Are we there yet?” “No.” “Are we there yet?” “No.” “Are we there yet?” “No.” “Are we there yet?” “No.” “Are we there yet?” “No.” “Are we there yet?” “No.” “Are we there yet?” “No.”) than the absolute refusal of the military brass or the administration to concede even an inch. Like you, I don’t know what’s really going on. The press could be being babyish; the military could be putting on a brave face. One day, we’ll know. But if I had to believe someone, it would probably not be the BBC.”

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