There's a new kid on the block - but it's a rich kid, who moved into the biggest house, goes to a better school and has a lot of cool new toys. Predictably, I hate her, but wish she were my best friend.
Via the NY Times article, the Campaign Desk's managing editor takes a swipe at bloggers. I especially love the careful use of statistics and not opinion in the first sentence:
"Most blogs are 99.9 percent opinion," said Steve Lovelady, the site's managing editor and a former managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. "This is a Web site run by and staffed by responsible journalists whose job is to monitor, critique and praise the campaign press, on a daily basis."
Don't these people read PressThink ? That site likes watchers. And didn't we agree during a discussion there that we didn't come to bury the press but to praise it? We're sweeties.
The staff at Campaign Desk comes, at least in part, from the dangerously opinion-filled world of blogging. Again from the NY Times article:
They are: Bryan Keefer, 25, a co-founder of a similar site, Spinsanity .com; Zachary Roth, 28, a former intern at The Washington Monthly; and Thomas Lang, 22, a former intern at The American Prospect.
So the snoot factor is high, but it looks like they're trying to keep it real. From the first bunch of articles, it looks like they are casting their net wide so there is still plenty of room for us to do our job - encourage readership of and feedback, positive and negative, about individual reporters. And I think it's valuable to have input from people who aren't in the journalism bubble. There's a chance that Campaign Desk does as well since there's a button called Blog Report in the sidebar. Let's send them our URLs.