Saturday, January 02, 2010
Bloggers: Grow a pair!
A moral victory is difficult to celebrate in a jail cell while my wife tries to figure out how to get our kids back from DCFS and make the car payments without my income.
Were I given a piece of confidential, or even classified information, I would not only NOT use it as a source for a blog post, I would hand it over immediately (although I might sneak a peek at it first). Precisely for the reason you mention.
press is protected. this is why i'd never reveal classified stuff to an untrained blogger and have my reservations in today's media as well after their bang up job investigating the claims of the government post 9-11.
standards ppl... standards!
Back in the dark ages ER we were taught "Interpretive" journalism.
Not to mention that the Government has spent enormous sums on my training as ancient as it is.
But then there is the problem that as far as sources and classified information I have already literally signed my soul over to the Feds.
But until you have experience the thrill of two FBI agents visiting you at home or work (even if it is a routine-benign visit) you don't really know what it feel like. Kids, well kids also make all the difference.
Cut the guy some slack.
Of course blogging isn't a protected activity so what kind of fool would tell any blogger anything "classified" unless they have covered their trail (i.e. used a dead-end address such as a wifi from a business without surveillance cameras and a clean-unregistered computer and software), or they want to be found but not right away.
Now the truth is most of us have no reason to fear this type of thing, at least from our blogging.
Although I have had some of my readers say to my face that they don't post on my blog for fear of being associated with me. That's a hoot really. Every friggin word on every friggin blog world wide is read at Big Daddy by a computer program.
What happens after that depends on how many of those magic words you used and how you smell.