Sure, Mark Cuban’s a sensationalist blow-hard — but what blogger isn’t a little guilty of that these days? (that’s my own modus operandi, anyway) At any rate, surely he’s still earned the right of fair and balanced coverage from an esteemed media source such as Reuters. Right? Think again.
Donna Bogatin of ZDnet blogs about attending the same Advertising conference where Mark Cuban gave a talk on many things — YouTube, HDNet, and so on. And then compares her own notes to Reuters.
My reporting put forth lengthy highlights of the real focus of Cuban’€™s keynote: promotion of his Dallas Mavericks NBA property and his HDNet hi-def television property.
Reuters’ reporting put forth paragraph after paragraph about the operations of YouTube, despite the company’€™s claims that ‘€œThe world relies on Reuters journalists to provide accurate, clearly sourced accounts of events as they occur.’€?
Although the rest of the article goes into Mr. Cuban’s track record, one does wonder if the personal side of blogging has begun to seep into “traditional” journalism. Sure, we’ve all got our own personal chips to bear (chips on our shoulder), but if Reuters can’t keep it together, what’s next? The AP doing a drive-by on Mike Arrington?