Understanding bloggers…and other political tragics

Fisher

Andrew Sullivan has a post about bloggers and why they aren’t normal.

In that post there is this quote:

[T]he truth is that Klein and Yglesias and Drum and, for a few years now, myself, aren’t part of that group. We’re in a different category: people who have to follow the news for professional reasons. … [T]he less-interesting upshot of all this is that it’s not clear why most people should be particularly interested in how Klein and Yglesias and Drum use twitter, because their — our — needs are really different. But the more important lesson that really can’t be repeated often enough is that reporters, columnists, bloggers: we’re not normal. Even worse: of the not normal — the people who pay a lot of attention to politics — we’re not even normal in that group. …

Twitter, with its self-selected feeds, is particularly good at making you forget about [this]. It’s very easy to think that “everybody” is talking about something, when really it’s a handful of reporters and political operatives. Or that something is old news, when in fact only some 10% or fewer of those out in the electorate have even heard about it.

This is pretty accurate if you look at the recent fuss over John Key and Ian Fletcher. Driven by the media, when the rest of the country simply doesn’t care or even want to know. Look at the MentionMapp above for David Fisher, note the connections with other journalists, including Andrea Vance. Note also the hashtags he is using or those he associates with are using and know without a shadow of a doubt that Twitter has proved the quote above…”It’s very easy to think that “everybody” is talking about something, when really it’s a handful of reporters and political operatives. Or that something is old news, when in fact only some 10% or fewer of those out in the electorate have even heard about it.”

These people purport to be ethical and fair and balanced journalists when the evidence is pretty clear that they are not. The solution of course is for people to declare their bias, not try to hide it.

Let’s look at another journalist…Barry Soper.

Barry has always been a creature of Helen Clark and his Twitter usage proves it. Again there are the connections to David Fisher and to Andrea Vance.

Soper


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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