Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ignore Crappy Criticism

Josh Marshall has a good post about the state of the media industrial complex. One thing that's long puzzled me is the inability of editors/journalists to just ignore stupid criticism. I don't mean ignore all criticism; I mean ignore dumb criticism. I've heard of editors getting in crouch position over the possibility of getting a volume of criticism over something even though they knew fully well that the substance of that criticism was entirely lacking. That's ridiculous.

Listen to good criticism. Ignore the stupid criticism, even if it's coming at you loudly. Tune out the critics who are perpetually stupid completely.

You run a newspaper. You have the power, after all. Have some confidence. Run it any goddamn way you want.