The Columbian has for several years now displayed a jealous attitude towards citizen blogs, often alleging that we are the reason their subscription rate continues to falter, we are not “professionals” and even so far as that we do little more than mislead the public. In reality, it is obvious they feel they are the only ‘bona fide’ source of information for Southwest Washington.
Seeing that their attacks against citizen blogs were not silencing us, someone at the paper decided they would do us one better and open their own blogs on their own website, apparently not realizing it was just an extension of their heavily biased newspaper by “professional journalists” who maintained their regularly seen bias on their blogsites, creating little more that a less restrictive site to bash and demean Republicans, especially 17th Legislative District Senator Don Benton, County Commissioner Tom Mielke and now County Commissioner elect David Madore.
A simple look at the interactions under many of their posts and lack of citizen comments shows that we who operate citizen blogs regularly see far more engagement and discussion of viewpoints than they do. That fact does little to dissuade the Columbian’s writers from puffing out their chests and boasting of how they are still better than their citizens they allege they serve.
Such is the case today as we Stephanie Rice boasting “All Politics Is Local” National Finalist For Best Political Blog (Again), “We are pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, our little blog has been named one of the best in the country by Editor & Publisher” and further in the post letting it be known they did not win and will be receiving an “Honorable Mention” certificate.
Under the heading of the post you read, “Really, it’s an honor to be nominated.”
What makes that funny is looking over the website for Editors and Publishers, under Contest Rules you read, “The competition is open to media companies (from any country) that operate Internet services on the World Wide Web.”
Yes, as the name indicates, this is professional media choosing professional media and awarding “Best of” amongst themselves.
Even funnier, considering Stephanie Rice thinks it is really an honor to “be nominated,” is seeing that they enter themselves at a cost of $195 for the first entry, $165 for subsequent entries.
According to her post, the Columbian submitted three posts, as shown towards the bottom of today’s post.
(Correction received from Stephanie Rice on 12-7-2012, “A friend directed me to a post you did about the EPPY award. I just wanted to correct you on one point – the entry fee was $195, but we did not pay $165 for additional entries. In our category, we were asked to submit multiple blog posts. The additional $165 would have been if The Columbian had wanted to enter different categories in the contest.“)
Not mentioned, naturally, is how many local stories they cover up, ignore or their many efforts at undermining the campaigns of the three hated Republicans above completely failing, pending the outcome of the expected recount in Don Benton’s reelection. I am confident Benton will prevail as long as we can keep King County out of the recount process.
But, Stephanie is very proud of what they have done, even though hollow considering they paid to enter and are judged by other professional media types.
By contrast, and not receiving one mention anywhere in the Columbian, other than an email ‘congrats’ from editor Lou Brancaccio, January 2012 saw this blog receiving Best Local Politics Blog status from Virginia based Stateside Associates, one of three listed in Washington State, alongside the Seattle Times’ Politics Northwest and the Tacoma News Tribunes’ Political Buzz.
Also unlike the Columbian, this blog operates as a “one-man operation” with no staff, no offices and hosted on a free format, the reason you might see ads under posts. I pay Word Press $20 a year for extra storage ability and as some of you know, refuse donations since I really have no expenses.
I do not earn any income off of this blog, also unlike the Columbian. I did not go to Journalism School and am often seen out in town with my little Sony camera at several different functions or meetings.
I do accept guest posts and have appreciated those who offer them, Professor Robert Dean, Rees Lloyd, Margaret Tweet and some others that slip my mind currently.
For the expense involved and efforts put into them, this blog, along with Clark County Politics, Couv.com, Reality Clark County, Pacific Northwest Patriots, Cry Beloved Country and some others all stand heads above the Columbian’s All Politics is Local blog, given that we actually delve into the many things the media choose to ignore or hide.
But, if Stephanie Rice wishes to feel good and boast of such a hollow award, far be it from me to complain.
But, as I have indicated, if it is unvarnished truth you seek or to keep informed of what the biased media doesn’t wish you to know of, citizen blogs remain your best bet.
I extend my congratulations to the Columbian for seeing “Honorable Mention,” but at the same time know where the real news and information can be found.