Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Credibility

As I was panning the blogsphere on the subject of credibility of online journalism. Here's one from Online Journalism.com: Via Anchorage Daily News: Middle-school teacher Josh Whicker's satirical Web log, the Hoosier Gazette, has landed Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind. in hot water. In a recent post, Whicker wrote that Hostettler was trying to change the name of Interstate 69 to Interstate 63 because of the sexual connotations of the number "69." Whicker's phony story was picked up by such blogs as Wonkette.com and SierraTimes.com, which reported the story as fact. Hostettler's office was inundated by phone calls from the media and angry constituents. Whicker says he's "thought about doing some journalism stuff, but now I don't know if anyone would hire me."

This is what happens when there aren't fact checkers. People tend to believe everything as the "gospel truth".

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