Forbes does cover story hatchet job on blogging

Filed as News on October 27, 2005 11:30 pm

by Duncan

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forbesJust when we thought the mainstream media had finally gotten over its blog bashing and had joined the blogging party, Forbes has bucked the trend and lauched an unprecedented attack against the blogosphere with a cover story titled “Attack of the Blogs.”

In it, writer Daniel Lyons sinks to the bottom of the journalistic gene pool with gross generalisations labelled against all bloggers.

He starts with this paragraph, unsupported and alone.
“Web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective. Their potent allies in this pursuit include Google and Yahoo.”

He then goes on to site a few examples of rouge individuals and some cases where bloggers have bought to account politicians and journalists.

As for accuracy, he cant even get his figures right: Myspace in the largest blog host in the United States, followed by Xanga, not Blogger and SixApart.

Those interested can view the story here. Use login/password “forbesdontbug” to read.

What is also disturbing is that it seems Intelliseek, the firm behind the Blogpulse service is also getting into the attack with this quote from Peter Blackshaw, chief marketing officer:

“Bloggers are more of a threat than people realize, and they are only going to get more toxic. This is the new reality”

I’ll leave the last word to Steve Rubel, who was also the source for this post:

“Instead of telling us about both opportunities and threats, [the article] paint the blogosphere as the Wicked Witch of the West..My message to Corporate America is simple. Don’t listen to Forbes. Take a look around the blogosphere for yourself and you will find real humans – good, bad and ugly. What do you know? It’s just like in the meatspace (real world).”

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  1. By Cary posted on October 28, 2005 at 1:46 am
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    Yes, people all over the world are communicating, and learning to appreciate each other’s cultures. It must be a terrible thing!

    What a jackass.

    Blogging wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is if journalists accurately reported news instead of going for the big headline. A couple of days ago I stumbled on a great example of this:

    “BOSTON (Reuters) – In studies described as “stunning,â€? researchers on Thursday reported that a drug already used to treat advanced cancer can prevent half of all breast tumors from reappearing after standard therapy.”

    Did you get that — it can prevent half of all breast tumors.

    Sounds exciting, eh? Unfortunately it’s also patently false. The studies Reuters is citing have shown that the drug Herceptin can cut breast cancer recurrence by 50% in patients with a particular form of breast cancer called HER2-positive…only 1/5th of all breast cancer patients have HER2-positive disease.

    So, how exactly do tumors in a small minority of patients somehow become “half of all breast tumors?” You’ve got me. I guess I need a math lesson. Unfortunately, due to this shoddy reporting, I got a number of cancer patients, my wife included, asking me about this new wonder drug that was going to increase their chances of surviving without a recurrence by a whopping 50%.

    Shoddy reporting leads to a shoddy reputation…if anything, Daniel Lyons should be attacking other journalists for F***ing-up the credibility of their own industry.

    Unless the mainstream media somehow cleans up it’s act, blogging is here to stay.

    And probably even then.