Don't blame the Repubs
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM by Dave Winer.
  • A picture named chockFullONuts.gifWho can blame the Republicans for their lies if the press is willing to carry them, verbatim, as if there were some truth to what they're saying?
  • It's like the SUL fiasco in the Twitter world a couple of years ago.
  • Who can blame Twitter if pubs like TechCrunch, Mashable, GigaOm, ReadWriteWeb were willing to take bribes in the form of millions of followers, openly. If I were running Twitter and could get away with that, I'd seriously consider doing the same.
  • Business people have an obligation to follow the law, as do Congress people. But their first obligations are to their shareholders and to get re-elected. If the press is willing to sacrifice its integrity and it helps your cause -- you might want to go for it. Twitter did, and the Repubs do.
  • None of this will change until we change the way journalism works.