November 20, 2004

Somewhere in Alaska, a Fact-Checker is Starting to Sweat

I ran a quote a few days ago from Greg Hill of the Fairbanks News-Miner in which he maintains blogs can be highly inaccurate. The same writer ranted, as well, about the open sourcing of Wikipedia, and—oddly—referred to blogs that allow comments as "wikis," because of their supposed collaborative nature. (Speaking of which, why aren't you guys writing the entries for me?)

Mr. Hill: "garbage in, garbage out."

Problem is, as reader Chadster noticed, the writer mentions "Dave Berry's" blog by name. That is, Dave B-a-r-r-y. And, as a copy editor and fact-checker myself, I reminded myself that I try to turn that part of my brain off when I'm online, lest I go nuts. (Or . . . more nuts.) But Chad didn't, which is the point. He noticed that someone hyping the superior accuracy of printed/mainstream news sources didn't get the name right for a writer who's been well known and in the public eye since the 80s.

And so, Chadster wrote a note to Dave Barry, who blogged the Fairbanks News-Miner article. And thus I've helped to entertain thousands of people by writing one little old blog entry. You never know what might happen, huh?

Wiki, wiki, wiki.

Posted by Attila at November 20, 2004 02:08 PM

How about: Little Miss Attila is a wonderful website by one of those incredible GOPers that send Liberals into a tizzy, and has just smacked Greg Hill silly. She is one of the special people out in Ca, who is trying to keep the dems in line.

Feel free to add more, y'all. I'm not getting LMA mad at me for unilaterally creating something there. She scares me. :)

Posted by: William Teach at November 20, 2004 03:35 PM

Posted by: Kathy K at November 20, 2004 05:55 PM

; )

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 20, 2004 06:28 PM

Thanks for the link. Still waiting on Glenn. =(

Maybe I shouldn't have put "Avenge me, Insty!" in my link-beg email...

Posted by: Chadster at November 20, 2004 10:28 PM

Let's just say that the person who figured out the magic formula for Glenn-linkage could get . . . if not money, a hell of a lot of links.

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 20, 2004 11:03 PM

Changing my name to Roger Simon, the name of my blog to JustOneMinute, or discussing nanotechnology might help...

Posted by: Chadster at November 21, 2004 01:27 AM

The Puppyblender linked to the Dave Barry entry today, crediting it to Tim Blair. I must say, I'm disappointed in him—though we must assume he just never happened to open your e-mail.

But you deserved that hat tip: you really did. It's an annoying injustice.

Posted by: Attila Girl at November 21, 2004 02:43 AM

Well, I sent it yesterday (Central European Time), *after* he posted that link. So, I don't think it was an intentional diss. I guess he just didn't read the email, like you said, or maybe it's because I'm an Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

This makes me wonder if I should join the Alliance all the more. :)

Posted by: Chadster at November 21, 2004 03:55 AM

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