September 10, 2007

Oh, Elaine...

R.G. Ratcliffe of the Clueless Ratcliffes has a write up about the involvement of the Texas NetRoots in the Senate race, along with a comment from Elaine Wolff

When San Antonio Current Editor Elaine Wolff, after writing four pieces about Watts, was pushed by a staffer to reveal that her husband had donated to his campaign, the blog community blasted her. The staff member quit, partly over the issue, saying she should check her journalistic ethics with the Poynter Institute.

Kelly McBride, the ethics group leader at the journalism institution, said there are times when journalists should distance themselves from a story because of a spouse's link to it. But she said there is nothing wrong with Wolff's spouse donating to a campaign so long as it is fully disclosed to readers.

Wolff was surprised by the bloggers' reaction to her husband's donation. Noriega supporters saw her earlier columns on Watts as favorable to him, but she pointed to her criticism of Watts' anti-abortion position and the willingness of some Democrats to ignore that position to defeat Cornyn.

Wolff said the only blogger to ask for her side of the controversy over her husband's donation was a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News.

"What I was surprised at was some of the blogs I consider to be better blogs did not call me for comment," Wolff said. "With blogs, there's become this new category that is media that isn't necessarily journalism."

We don't have that kind of time, booboo. That's what the COMMENTS are for. Of course, by 'better blogs' I'm assuming you mean us. Which is funny because we'd never refer to ourselves as one of the 'better blogs'. 'Drunker', certainly but not necessarily 'better'? Unless you are comparing us to a blog about quilts called 'EXTREME Quilting XXX'.

Yeah, we would totally be better than that site.

Posted by mcblogger at September 10, 2007 10:38 AM

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