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Hot on the heels of my talk radio debut last month, I was interviewed last Friday by Kathleen Megan, a reporter for the Hartford Courant. She was doing a story on the GPS panty hoax and found my post on the subject.

You can see the Courant's article here. Although we talked by phone for quite a while, I'm only mentioned briefly toward the end:

A blogger in Tokyo — a New Yorker identified by his Web name of Gaijin Biker — checked out the address for the company manufacturing the panties and found it doesn't exist.
Unfortunately, she left out the name of my blog, but hey, you can't have everything.

Reading the article, I was struck by the irony of a professional reporter using a blogger as a news source. Wasn't it supposed to be the other way around? In an infamous opinion piece last year, former CBS correspondent Eric Engberg sneered that "the chances of the bloggers replacing mainstream journalism are about as good as the parasite replacing the dog it fastens on."

Well, no one ever said anything about replacing traditional journalism, but more and more, bloggers are complementing it, not feeding off of it. Engberg's parasite-ridden dog just won't hunt.

According to this report in the Guardian, "The bloggers have all the best news". (Found via LGF.)


Anonymous said...

Bravo Gaijinbiker! It is indeed a welcome day when bloggers actually do some substantive reporting. 

Posted by bunkerbuster

Anonymous said...

Well, on the other hand, it is only a little story about a panty hoax. I'm not clearing off shelf space for a Pulitzer just yet. 

Posted by GaijinBiker

Anonymous said...

Wasn`t it SPY magazine that used to publish letters to the editor of the New Yorker because, at that time, the New Yorker did not see the need to accept responses to its writing. I remember that thrilling subversive feeling, and this is the same except at the speed of light with almost limitless interconnections. Who fears accountablility the most? Always those resting on their various laurals, hiding behind privilege, legacy and entitlement. Blogging is a beautiful thing to behold; the people outside the ivory tower not with pitchforks but with keyboards. 

Posted by tokyobk

Anonymous said...

If a panty hoax is not worthy of a Pulitzer then I don't know what is.

Of course, as you have pointed out before, if this was a panty hoax perpetuated by the U.S. government, and made Bush look bad, your chances of winning that Pulitzer would go way up! 

Posted by Dave Justus



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