Some pretty curious assertions over on The Tangled Web of late. Specifically, that failure to break the Tori Stafford publication ban is “proof that the world needs the mainstream media.”
If the mainstream media is so credible, then why does Canoe insist that I have a Canoe Passport before I can leave a comment on LFPress? And why does LFPress close comments on so many of it’s stories so quickly? What are they afraid that people are going to tell them? That they’re full of “it”?
Kate probably pontificates from the perspective of somebody who’s being paid fairly well to report the news and who has the luxury of scooting around in an LFPress vehicle using LFPress gas, or hopping in a limo using an LFPress expense account. Many citizen journalists, on the other hand, do what they do for less commercial reasons and with fewer (or non-existent) resources. So their opportunity is somewhat more restricted.
In my own case, I not only don’t get paid for what I do, I do it on a sub-poverty disability income. I provide the news that I can, the best that I can, and it costs me money to do it. If Kate weren’t being paid to do what she does, would she still be doing it?
On my limited income you won’t soon see me scooting over to Woodstock or anyplace else to cover a story for you. But as LFPress editor Paul Berton recently pointed out, I’m all over what’s going on at City Hall.
LFPress journalists like to put their spin on stories. IOW, their “news” is sometimes presented to you through the filter of their personal opinion. And their interpretation of what’s going on isn’t always 100% correct. OnlineLondon provides the community with unfiltered coverage of what’s going on, so that viewers can make up their own intelligent minds about what to think.
Would I sometimes cover stories at the local courthouse if something was happening that interested me? You bet I would. But finding out what’s happening there is difficult. Recently I responded to an (Ontario Attorney General) Chris Bentley tweet by asking him if the court docket was electronically available yet. Typically, there was no response (in my experience, Liberal MPPs are mostly all about self-promotion and not so much about service to their constituents). There isn’t too much chance that I’m going to trek down to the courthouse every morning and go through a security check and trudge up to the 2nd floor just to check what’s posted on the bulletin board there. Maybe when our province finally wakes up to our changing world and starts to subscribe to concepts like #opengov I’ll visit the place more often.
And as for the ridiculous nonsense that citizen journalists might not be up to “the threat of being held in contempt of court” (as opposed to the inference that mainstream journalists are braver?) what does Kate call the way in which I refused to stop recording LTC meetings even after being threatened with arrest? And yes, I have been arrested for principled reasons (most recently, but some years ago, to protest the inadequate Legal Aid situation that exists in this province).
Hey folks, just because you read it in the LFPress doesn’t mean that it isn’t a pile of “it.”