Apologies to the Washington Post

While I love the Washington Post and have serious withdrawals from its solid reporting when I travel, I’ve always looked askew at the Post’s relationship with bloggers. It’s not always been pretty, accusations of story swiping and blog ignoring are rife.

In November I was interviewed by Marc Fisher on Washington Radio and came away with a bad impression of his feelings (and the Washington Post in general) towards blogging.

Afterwards, I was properly chastised by readers who listened to the show and though my impression was bunk.

So last night, I decided to go into the Blogger Summit with an open mind. I am so glad I did.

Wow! The Post does love them some bloggers. I got the full impression that they recognize the medium as the future, and are trying to figure out how to work with, not against, it.

And they are trying to do that while still maintaining the gatekeeper, fact filter role they so do so well. There are even movies about the Post’s reporting skills.

So Washington Post, and especially Marc Fisher, I apologize for carrying the chip on my shoulder about your relationship with local bloggers. I promise to be more trusting and open in the future.

And openness and trust that you can expand exponentially by picking up the next Post Pub After Party drinks tab.

2 Comments so far

  1. kris (unregistered) on January 10th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

    I KNEW I should have stayed after for the booze . . . that’s when real blog love always comes out. It’s never over chocolate-covered strawberries. Humph.

  2. gwadzilla (unregistered) on January 11th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    your personal page is super slow
    will not even load
    trying on dsl and t1
    oh well
    that was nice of you to make the flower boxes for your mother
    you get double points
    points for building
    points for doing something for your mother

    good work
    and the name… wayan
    is that your name
    or a nickname picked up in your travels?

    In Bali…
    never mind
    you are the world traveler
    I am a local guy

    -zilla out

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