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    07/28/2004

    The Problem With Bloggers - Fact Checking

    Filed under: B.K. DeLong @ 9:07:22 pm

    I heard this story a few days ago and wrote it off as funny but true. There’s been a few other stories that I’ve had a lot of trouble determining whether they were satire or legit news - and I’ve heard them in sites listed from Dave Winer’s accredited blogger OPML file.

    That’s the problem with bloggers - especially those who completely lack journalist experience. It’s always good to keep a few things in mind - cite your sources, (unless you interview the person first hand - though video and audio are always a good backup), have 2-3 quotes in your article from different people, on different sides if possible - and finally, clearly denote satire, sarcasm and in some cases, the difference between actual news and opinion.

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