TV3 had this on tonight’s bulletin:
So how seriously should we take blogs and bloggers? “Much of what enters the blogosphere isn’t very reliable and often it’s lies,” says media commentator Dr Joe Atkinson. “Much of it is also quite extreme. It’s not moderate, middle-of-the-road stuff. It’s people trying to get attention.”
We’ll give Dr Atkinson the benefit of the doubt and say he said a lot more and only this soundbite was used.
As a blogger (albeit very much part time at the moment), if I wanted to get attention, I’d get nude during tomorrow night’s Jonathan Lemalu recital, not by blogging.
My blogging has always been to DRAW attention, not get it for myself.
I want to draw attention, in particular, to the profligacy and incompetence of local government. Did you know, for example, that one local Council is missing key audit policies? (more on that in the next couple of weeks)
At CQAE, we also work on the basis that our assertions are fact-based. That’s why I have at least five Local Government Official Information Act or Official Information Act requests on the go at any one time. Some of them come to nothing, some of them pay off big time.
Any “extreme”, immoderate blogging is usually thanks to the material received from our wide network of tipsters and the official releases mentioned above. I never cease to be amazed by the stupidity that permeates central and local government.
We also play a long game. The Stadium, for example, is going to take a long time to deconstruct the financial goings-on around the rebuild. There’s no point rushing into it, especially as no-one else is looking at it in the same detail at the same time. We’re not going to get scooped.
So while Joe might be talking about other bloggers, you can guarantee there’s only the good stuff here. And we assure discretion, unlike some…