Thank the Lord that newspapers and TV websites have jumped into the blogging game to give it some much needed legitimacy.
Granted, if one of those unaccountable, loose-cannon bloggers got a comment bordering on libel like the one below at Sun Media's new Off The Posts hockey blog, there's a slight chance it wouldn't have been left up for 36 hours and counting with no response.
Comment from: John Dhaller [Visitor]Please try to understand the frustration on this end when you see the equivalent of shithouse graffiti going on a blog written by respected colleagues. OK, so it's just one Internet troll, but letting a comment bordering on libel stand for 36 hours? Come on.
The Sens just have to get rid of 4 or 5 players who are coke-heads. This is, and has been a problem with the team for years, stay off the drugs, or at least wait for the off-season.
It's disheartening. On this end, you pour a lot of what little creative energy you have into a blog, then see something like this happen and wonder if it could have been avoided if the elders ever bothered to get your opinion or insights before they started another iCab. But they didn't.
Suffice to say, this is the problem when a company embraces new technology without trying to understand how it's received by people. This is not a comment on the guys doing the blog; there's tremendous respect for their abilities, especially writing on deadline, something I could never master. They get stretched very thin sometimes, and they don't deserve to have third parties making comments bordering on libel on their blog.
(Link via The Universal Cynic.)
(UPDATE: Case in point about being stretched thin -- this was Sun hockey writer Don Brennan's day on Saturday. He covered an OHL game in the afternoon, then managed to file stories on the Carleton-Ottawa basketball game and a mixed martial arts card that were taking place simultaneously at opposite ends of Ottawa-Gatineau. When would he have had time to be a dedicated blogger?)