Do bloggers present “news” or “commentary”?
The reason I ask is the advertising agency that represents my blog said advertisers were “looking to hear from our publishers on whether or not they break new stories“.
Do I break news stories? Is reporting on the news (which is in general what all the economic bloggers do), news in and of itself?
My initial thought was that I comment on the news, not “break news stories“. As I look at Calculated Risk, the Big Picture, and even Zero Hedge I would suggest we all primarily comment on the news, although all of us occasionally have major exclusive thoughts.
The criteria, however, which I initially missed was “external news sources crediting my blog“.
On that basis, it is crystal clear that Calculated Risk, the Big Picture, Zero Hedge and my blog are news sources. Nonetheless I needed to provide recent citations.
My search turned up many things I was aware of and a few things I was not aware of at all.
Here are some examples I was well aware of in advance.
- The Business Insider frequently references my articles
- Finvz incorporates me into their news feed
- I did monthly commentary for Financial Sense
- I am a “professor” on Minyanville
- I provide economic commentary on a regular basis for nationally syndicated Coat-to-Coast AM radio with George Noory.
- My housing-related posts are usually broadcast by Patrick.Net
- I do weekly podcasts for Howe Street
- I frequently make “Best of the Web” on Dollar Collapse.
- Max Keiser regularly refers to my articles and I have done vides with Max and expect to do more videos.
- I am a regular writer for Town Hall Finance
- Real Clear Politics and Real Clear Economics have both quoted me recently but not on a regular basis.
- The same can be said for Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, the LA times, National Public Radio, and MarketWatch.
- Michael Campbell’s Money Talks site linked to me recently.
- I recently did a live newscast video for Capital Account and expect to be back on again
- Eric King at King Word News has interviewed me numerous times
I frequently review my hit list as do other bloggers. There are numerous other examples I could cite. I found one big surprise in my search.
Top 10 Blogger Blogs
Please consider the top ten blogspot blogs 2011- blogger powered blogs
The first 9 “blogspot” blogs are Google internal blogs. I was quite surprised to find myself in the list at all. Yet there I am, at #10. I do not know for how long. If Google launches another blog, not long. However, the record shows I did beat out the official Twitter blog and other prominent blogs.
#10 Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis: Mike Shedlock / Mish is a registered investment advisor representative for Sitka Pacific Capital Management.
Alexa Traffic Rank: 18,583 , Links to Site: 3138
Top Financial Blog Citations
- New York Times: NYT 10th Annual Year in Ideas – #1 Idea of the Year ‘Do-It-Yourself Macroeconomics’
- Time Magazine: Best 25 Financial Blogs
- Bloomberg: Financial Blogs: The Best of the Bunch
Still, I return to the initial question. Do bloggers offer “news” or “commentary”? What does Fox News offer? The Wall Street Journal? LA Times?
Look at recent headlines by Time Magazine, the LA Times, CNN, Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and numerous other places that “Ron Paul Walked Out” of an interview with CNN.
The truth is quite different as noted in Ron Paul Did Not “Walk Out” of CNN Interview; Blatantly Biased Headline by Time Magazine; Six Reasons to Vote for Paul
Much of what is presented as “facts” by major news organizations is in reality an infomercial for a slanted point of view. Furthermore, major news stories headlines frequently do not match the article.
Government data is often questionable, and I would be remiss if I failed to point out Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg PM and Head Euro-Zone Finance Minister famously stated “When it becomes serious, you have to lie“. In such cases, even if the news reporting is not purposely slanted, an article itself might be, unbeknown by the writer.
So, is anything really news, or is it all commentary? At least with bloggers, everyone understands the score.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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