Sunday, July 02, 2006

More on Penn

Greg Sargent has more on the lack of blogger ethics in the Washington Post.

I don't think this is the most important issue in the world, but as I said I'm really sick of standards being applied to bloggers that don't apply to anyone else in the universe. Three years ago a presidential campaign that nobody knew about paid a tiny bit of money to a blogger that practically nobody read, something which was fully disclosed at the time, and years later it still gets held up as some sort of questionable ethics issue. Meanwhile, millions of dollars get sloshed around Washington, with people seamlessly shifting between pollster, consultant, media figure/source, etc. The whole town operates on people buying each other off, one way or another, and now bloggers are somehow tainted if they so much as talk to a political candidate. There are genuine ethics issues to be explored, so explore them.