Looks like somebody got a little offended
that Michael Summers neglected them when interviewing bloggers for his article
. That's right, Fort Wayne's favorite (and I'm guessing ONLY) self-proclaimed media critic, alien commentator/researcher and anus enthusiast (h/t Smantix
) has a few choice words for local bloggers and those who would dare to entertain the idea that blogs/bloggers might be newsworthy. Here's the post
(from one of HIS blogs, I might add):Thursday, May 25, 2006
Does anyone think that a lone blogger, or even a handful, can gather news in the same way that The Journal Gazette does? Or The News-Sentinel, Indiana’s NewsCenter, WANE-TV, WOWO, Business Weekly?It’s absurd.But that’s what Fort Wayne Reader’s take on the local blogosphere would have you believe in a current feature piece by Publisher/Editor Michael Summers.One blogger, or two, can’t bring the news to Fort Wayne residents, even if they had the wherewithal to do so. Ego creates blogs, not a search for truth or facts that matter to society.Moreover, those pumping out blogs in town aren’t journalists. One is a lame attorney, another a film-maker without any films, and one a red-neck, KKK-like owner of a tech company.But Reader gave them a forum – a propaganda piece that belies the truth of what these bloggers do.The attorney blogger operates like a fascist, preventing comments from those who challenge his facts and postings. And his blog only takes material from other sources, posts it, with a comment or two of his own, nothing creative or substantive by a long shot. That isn’t journalism.The film-maker and his attorney friend have operated deviously since the inception of their blogs, and we know this from first-hand dealings with both when they started their blogs.Reader knows this also but chose to ignore that aspect of local blogging.Also, Reader left out dozens of blogs that are not media-pretenders, and run by people with something to say.Reader opted, for whatever reason, to tout a few blogs, incestuously connected, and without merit of any kind no matter how much the bloggers insist otherwise.For Reader, or anyone else, to suggest area residents go to the blogs cited in the current issue of Reader for news or anything else worthwhile is akin to the blind leading the blind.Why would Reader push its readers, few as they are, to go elsewhere to find what Reader should be doing in the first place? It doesn’t make sense. That would be like Papa John’s telling its customers to try Pizza Hut’s products.Anyway, forget the local blogosphere. It isn’t the future. And it certainly isn’t the now.
posted by The RR Group at Thursday, May 25, 2006
Let it be known that RR is a contributor (if you consider his tepid and useless media criticism to be an actual contribution to anything other than the floor of the bird cage) to The Reader, so all of this seemingly brainless sniveling makes sense on some childish level, I guess. However, let's review the facts:
1. Nobody relies on any blog for all of their news. Wanna talk about stupid, Rich? I don't recall seeing anything of the sort mentioned in the Reader article.
2. Ego creates blogs? Haven't you started something like 50 blogs, Rich? What does this say about YOUR Death-Star sized ego, you pompous old fuck?
3. KKK-like owner of a tech company? So let me get this straight, he takes you to task
on being a circus-sideshow freak (rightfully so), so now he's a Klansman? Last I checked, he was a Catholic who is in favor of increasing immigration, and the Klan was never fond of either...so basically you are just making things up to satisfy your need for revenge (or maybe just the masturbatory glee you get from seeing your own thoughts published). Wow.
4. "The Lawyer" is about as diplomatic as they come when it comes to comment moderation. You on the other hand, only allow your "team members" to post comments on your blog. How ironic that you, a spineless old fuck, would attack someone else because you feel he "operates like a fascist, preventing comments from those who challenge his facts and postings."
Shall I call you pot or kettle? I choose "fucking hypocrite" instead....it really delivers more impact.
5. "The film-maker and his attorney friend have operated deviously since the inception of their blogs, and we know this from first-hand dealings with both when they started their blogs."
Umm, yeah...we all got to witness your little spat. I hardly think your paper-tiger threats of litigation constitute any improprieties on the part of the film-maker or the lawyer.
6. If indeed blogs offer nothing of value to news-seekers, then why on earth should The Reader be admonished for sending people to the web to check out some blogs? Your statement contradicts your opinion and your analogy is laughable based on that opinion.
7. Nobody gives a fuck what you think or what you say. And I mean NOBODY
...especially me. Anyone that reads here can attest to the fact that the opinions of others mean about as much to me as toe fungus, and that most certainly includes yours.
I do not wish to dwell on this unpleasantness any longer, as I feel I have gratified far too much of RR's ludicrous bullshit by responding already.
I hope you all have a lovely Memorial Day Weekend, I know I will. I feel much better.