I’m a big fan of citizen reporting, and everyone makes mistakes, but a serious problem occasionally arises when partisan bloggers are blinded to an obviously fake story - just the sort of thing they love to trash the “mainstream media” for doing.
Yesterday, a Daily Kos member reported on a Republican-sponsored State of the Union Address watching party in Bloomington. The party supposedly featured a Jesse Jackson piñata and was to be held at a gay themed bar. The party was advertised on a Republican site.
The writer eventually admitted that he had been duped, but not before 200 angry Kossacks weighed in on the latest outrage.
To his credit, the Archpundit (a partisan blogger himself) figured out the hoax right away.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Jesse Jackson piñata at GOP party
But it was fake story. I love the way blogs surface this stuff. Hat Tip to Rich Miller.