My recent Forbes letter was one of those postings that I labored over a bit and the result has been some very supportive comments. But there is an irony. In naming shoddy publications, I should have mentioned the Register. Instead I said the Guardian, which is, in my opinion, a very legitimate publication.
This goes to one of the painful issues for bloggers. While a traditional media organization has editors to review our work, we do not. An editor, would have called me to his desk, pointed at the Guardian in my copy, and asked--"Are you sure you mean the Guardian?" The mistake would have been corrected and my readers could continue having faith in my factual infallibility.
In blogging, we filter after the fact of publication. I write something and a reader or two jumps in to challenge what I have to say. While it does work, it allows untruth to get out too easily and it causes many of us to get humbled a bit more often than we would like.
One point that must be kept in mind. As bloggers emerge to be a well-read and increasingly respected channel. We really need to work at getting our facts right. Every time, slips like this happen, we put small warts on the face of blogging. They are difficult to remove, and they give detractors ammunition. We all need to be more careful.
But none of this detracts from the core point of my previous post. The Forbes cover article will remain hopefully a lowpoint in business journalism for some time to come. I say hopefully, because it was such a shoddy piece, and I hope no one manages to slither under it.