One thing the blogosphere has over Big Media is interactivity and the resultant self-correction. In the space of a couple of minutes, I see both Kevin Drum and Glenn Reynolds posting to correct rather minor overstatements in recent posts in response to e-mails. As Glenn notes,
Now I’m not an empirical guy, but somebody should do an experiment: write the New York Times or the BBC about a headline that you think is misleading, and see if you get a response this quickly. . . .
And the point isn’t that I — or, I think, any blogger — is holding him- or herself out as better than these Big Media oufits. Rather, we wonder why they aren’t better than they are, given how many more resources they’ve got.
As he might say, indeed.