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Posts Tagged ‘Eric Boehlert’

Former Fishbowler Tina Dupuy on Viewpoint Tonight!

Tina Dupuy, a FishbowlLA alumnus, syndicated columnist and The Contributor editor-in-chief, will be appearing tonight — in just a minute, really — on Current TV’s Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer to talk politics. John Fugelsang will guest host.

This isn’t the first time Dupuy has made a television appearance, and it certainly won’t be the last, but we get excited every time. Show starts at 5 pm PT, and we’ll be tuning in.

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Media Matters Finally Responds to Andrew Malcolm’s Exit from the LA Times

Given their visceral dislike for LA Times “Top of the Ticket” blogger Andrew Malcolm, Media Matters’ week long silence over Malcolm’s impending departure to Investor’s Business Daily struck us as rather odd. There was nothing close to an in-depth blog post. No mocking Facebook update. Not even a celebratory tweet.

Until now.

It took him some time, but Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert finally got around to commenting on Malcolm’s exit.

[T]he Times’ problem with Malcolm was two-fold: He’s a hack who does virtual no original reporting but instead surfs the Internet scooping whatever right-wing talking point is being celebrated that day and posts it on a Times site. Second, he’s been the only point of view regularly offered by the newspaper.

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The Year In Citizen Journalism Heralds Next Year’s Trend

usairwaves.jpgYou might say that the impact of “citizen journalism” on 2009 started with US Airways Flight 1549 crashing into the Hudson River, and the pictures of the plane hitting Twitter before any news outlets had them. And of course the role that Twitter played in helping Americans find out about protests in Iran after its election, proving that the micro-blogging tool could be used for something other than hourly updates about mundane activities. It may have peaked with MissTearah and the Fort Hood shootings, when news outlets realized that you can’t trust eyewitness accounts for your entire network of information.

But if all we had to go on was Twitter, than it would be the Year of Microblogging. Some consider bloggers to be citizen journalists because they work outside the spectrum of traditional news organizations, with all the pros and cons that it entails. Below, we take a look at what citizen journalism in 2009 might mean for the New Year.

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What’s Next In Blogs: 4 Questions For “Bloggers On The Bus” Author Eric Boehlert

boehlert.jpgNewspapers are dying, magazines are closing and more journalists are finding themselves without paying gigs every day. Everyone is wondering: what does the future hold for the media? We brought the questions to the front lines, asking leaders in the field to tell us: what’s next?

This week, we decided to talk blogs with author Eric Boehlert. Set against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential election, Boehlert’s new book, “Bloggers On The Bus — How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press,” discusses how the liberal blogosphere affects political candidates and campaigns. He told us about how the relationship between newspapers and blogs are changing with the death of newspapers and what conservative bloggers have to do to keep up with successful liberal blogs like the Huffington Post.

FBNY: What do you think about the relationship between traditional media and blogs?

Eric Boehlert: I think it’s painful to see the newspapers in a downward spiral because I think blogs do the best when they augment the traditional press. The blogosphere sort of lives alongside traditional media and helps fill in the gaps. Blogs help keep the press accountable and raise issues that the traditional media is overlooking or forgetting. They can be a watchdog while having their own original content and analysis. It makes me nervous when people say we don’t need newspapers. In a perfect world, newspapers and blogs would live alongside each other.

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Eric Boehlert Takes on Jonah Goldberg

C_35437760.jpgMedia Matters’ Eric Boehlert‘s new column is titled, “Jonah Goldberg, a god-awful media critic”.

You say ‘god-awful media critic’, we say ‘total tool’.

Boehlert breaks down Goldberg’s recent piece in USA Today:

Now, remember. According to Goldberg and USA Today, the Obama-media honeymoon angle was a no-brainer; the “examples” were self-evident. So, of course, diligent media critic Goldberg simply stuffed his column with irrefutable, stone-cold examples of the news media’s love affair, right? Not quite. Instead of facts or figures or even examples, readers got priceless nuggets like this:

There’ve been no standing ovations — yet — with Obama, but there’s no denying that many in the news media are clapping on the inside.

Clapping on the inside must be code for something. What the hell?

Boehlert ends with:

The painful lesson for USA Today? When you hire Jonah Goldberg to be a press critic, you get what you pay for.

Uhm, no they don’t. That quip only works when someone posts for free. They totally don’t get what they pay for – either does the LAT when they scrape up their bankrupt bucks to give him cash.

We say, if you’re a liberal – you should love that a numb nuts like Goldberg is your opposition. Low lying fruit.

Can’t forget this his interview with Jon Stewart – BRILLIANT. “How is organic food fascist?” Also check out our earlier stories on Goldberg.