HairBalls broadens the media-crit beat!

Richard Connelly, who once had a serious media-criticism column for the Houston Press, lately has been reduced to lamenting all the conservative talk on KTRH-740 on the publication's Hair Balls blog (as an aside, some degree of irony came today, when another blogger rewrote a Glenn Beck segment for Hair Balls, and more irony is provided by his publication's advertisements for amateur food and politics bloggers for THEIR blogs).

Now, Connelly has apparently added conservative bloggers to the "beat" (such as it is), finding one of Dwight Silverman's handpicked poliblogger stars less than convincing.

As Cory Crow notes, Dwight Silverman's star political bloggers on the left apparently are not part of the new beat.

We are perplexed as to why any of this is serious fodder for a (one-time) media critic, or why he wouldn't just find more interesting media to consume if it's so off-putting.

Sadly, there was a time when Connelly would have skewered the Chronicle for running a Washington Post story about a local data center -- and that would likely have been a fun read. Then again, the Village Voice family has gotten pretty bad about "repackaging" content these days (compare and contrast a Miami Village Voice writer's feature on Stanford Financial Group), so maybe it's best not to go there. Besides, amateur blogger Laurence Simon seems to have covered it pretty well, although it's worth adding that the WaPo version is about 300 words longer. It must be nice having a real newspaper in one's town (or a good alt-weekly or two, for that matter).

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 04/09/09 10:13 PM | Print |

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