A letter to the editor, NY Times, Online Debate Forums,
As the administrator of the Web site Democratic Underground, I am perplexed as to why you would consider an obscure posting on a busy Internet discussion forum to be worthy of an article (“Myths Run Wild in Blog Tsunami Debate,” news article, Jan. 3).
Your article did not make clear that the message in question was posted by a completely anonymous individual, whose identity and political agenda are impossible to determine. The article also did not mention that the posting appeared to be an innocent question from a person guilty of nothing more than ignorance. Indeed, the posting’s title (which you did not mention) was “One more dumb question regarding the earthquake in Asia.”
Our discussion forum is different from a traditional blog. We get approximately 25,000 messages posted each day, and we cannot possibly check them all for accuracy.
It is fairly common for right-wing Web sites to cherry-pick the most extreme or outlandish posts from our forum in order to paint all liberals as wacky or extreme. I was surprised to see The Times doing it, too.
But BLOGS don’t have credibility. The NY Times and the Washington Post and Armstrong Williams have credibility.