In an article about blogger ethics the Associated Press somehow manages to get their facts right!
When Jerome Armstrong began consulting for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, he thought the ethical thing to do was to suspend the Web journal where he opined on politics.
While Armstrong suspended his blog, a partner in his political consulting firm, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, kept his going and instead posted a disclosure about the payment. The Dean campaign had paid the pair $3,000 a month for technical consulting services.
Others saw no need to disclose at all. In South Dakota, blogger Jon Lauck said many people knew he was a paid consultant to John Thune’s Senate campaign, but Lauck didn’t believe he had to post any “flashing banner” on his site.
He said that unlike mainstream news organization, blogs like his never claim to be objective, and anyone reading a few posts would quickly know he was pro-Thune — with or without disclosure.
Yes, folks, two examples of progressive bloggers who disclosed their relationships with progressive candidates and one example of a rightie blogger who thought, “Why bother?”
The AP also has a good take on the current state of blogger ethics.
In some sense, bloggers already have informally adopted norms that go beyond what traditional journalists do, Rosen said. For instance, bloggers who don’t link to source materials aren’t taken seriously, while traditional news organizations have no such policies.
Dan Gillmor, a former newspaper columnist now studying citizen-driven journalism through blogging, said bloggers who want an audience will voluntarily adopt principles of fairness, thoroughness, accuracy and transparency.
“No one’s bound by these rules,” Gillmor said, “but I think some norms will emerge for people who want to be taken seriously.”
Finally, they offer up this interesting factoid:
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 27 percent of adults who go online in the United States read blogs. And blogs have greater impact because their readers tend to be policy makers and other influencers of public opinion, media experts say.
See? You guys are “policy makers and other influencers of public opinion”. Yep, that’s our readership alright.
*yes, skippy invented it!