Friday, September 29, 2006

Confused? A Guide

Here's Your Guide to Citizen Journalism, by Mark Glaser at NPR's Media Shift.
Well, is citizen journalism even new? Glaser sites two examples: the modern era, video footage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the ’60s and footage of police beating Rodney King in Los Angeles in the ’80s were both captured by citizens on the scene.

Lots of this is attributed to Dan Gillmor, and is a good overview of the topic with lots of links for more background.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

More on journalism

A bit of nostalgia here, and regret:

In the New York Times, a wonderful description of a reunion of staffers of the late, lamented NY Herald Tribune: Remembering the Death, but Mostly the Life, of a Storied Newspaper, with wonderful photos of Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, and James Bellows, among others.

And, an upbraiding for a (once?) great political columnist: Attytood's Will Bunch writes an open letter to David Broder, Why I'm mad. Broder, who's derided bloggers, gets a talking-to:
...your cynicism is degenerative disease, and it leads to paralysis. You were the dean overseeing the Great Game of American politics, and then some bad guys came along and changed all the rules, and you tried so very hard not to notice. Now that the unlawful nature of this presidency is becoming recognized by a majority, you are praying for a deus ex machina, this fictional “independence party” that will not just save America but most importantly save you, save you from having to make a choice.
It’s too late for that now, Mr. Broder. I do not blame you; I did not want to make this choice either; it chose me. I would have been much happier, frankly, spending my 40s the way that you spent your 40s, fighting for a Pulitzer Prize instead of fighting to preserve the basics of a democracy and a free press, the things that you and I and America were able to take for granted for so long.

Coverage in Cuba and locally, Defede and a puzzle

It's been a busy week again and although I've had some time to browse I'm just not finding much I feel like posting. Two things, though, so far this week:

In American Journalism Review, Cuba Countdown, by Lori Robertson. Tales of the press and the Castro story, and how American journalists try to get access to news in Cuba.
Miami Herald reporters, veterans of working in Cuba without the journalist visas they're regularly denied, were still contributing to stories in late August.
Bienvenida a Cuba.
For decades, journalists have been trying to cover a country, whether from somewhere on the island or from afar, that is as frustrating an assignment as they come. It's tough to get in, to get an interview, to get "it" – an entire country filled with people wary of talking to anyone about how they really feel.

The API's new report, NewspaperNext, is now online. According to the USA Today story linked at Romenesko, it suggests newspapers get even more local:
newspapers might assemble databases about parks, medical facilities and restaurants, information about schools, consumer-supplied ratings for restaurants, mechanics and contractors, as well as chat groups for parents and shoppers.

Great Chuck Strouse/Miami New Times interview with former Miami Herald columnist Jim Defede, who has several new gigs going in radio, TV and print: Megamedia Mangler.

Anyone seen this before? I noticed a couple of new tabs on my browser connected to 'E-Zanga' search results. Never heard of this, and discovered that when I leave the ARJ story on my screen, it automatically jumps to E-Zanga, searching 'Christianity'. Another AJR link did the same thing, searching 'holland america cruise line'. Is this some new spyware/scumware? I can't keep the AJR pages displayed.

The other AJR story I thought worth looking at is on the new McClatchy Washington Bureau, but I couldn't keep it on the screen long enough to copy the URL.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Weekend update: More research links from the week

This week I managed to find things in most categories, despite being almost too busy to browse the sites. Lots of good stuff though.

The links:

  • The Oliver North File, now at the National Security Archives. Does anyone remember Iran-Contra any more?
  • bin Laden's Speeches, 2003-6 from MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Studies Project archives.
  • Escherichia Coli, guidelines from the CDC.

  • Recent Research on Medical Marijuana, from NORML.
  • Evaluating Fairness and Accuracy in State Death Penalty Systems, from the ABA. Recently added: Florida.
  • United States Army Military Readiness, report by reps. Murtha and Obey.
  • Iran Nuclear Program: U.S. Options, another bibliography from the Air University library.

  • U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, 2006, latest release from BEA.
  • European Sourcebook of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics - 2006, chapters available in PDF.
  • Crime in the U.S., 2005, FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report.
  • Water Data for the Nation, from USGS.

    Governments, Politics:
  • Legistorm has a searchable/browsable database of Congressional staff salaries.

  • Registry of the American Soldier, project from Defense Dept to get Army records online, voluntary registration.
  • 400 Richest Americans, from Forbes, latest list.

  • Fortune 500 2006

  • Six Tips to protect your online search privacy, from EFF.

    Some interesting stories/blogs:
  • Standinaqueue,a blog devoted to the great British pasttime.

  • Friday, September 22, 2006

    I smell sulfur....

    Via Michael Froomkin's, a link to this, in The Nation: War Signals? According to author Dave Lindorff, apparently the Bush administration has ordered a naval strike group to the Persian Gulf to stand watch near Iran. Quoting Col. Sam Gardiner:
    "I think the plan's been picked: bomb the nuclear sites in Iran," says Gardiner. "It's a terrible idea, it's against US law and it's against international law, but I think they've decided to do it."

    (Added later:) Also, see this Raw Story report, Conservative websites claim Rove has been promising GOP insiders an 'October surprise'. Great.

    (And, on the topic of 'sulfur', Kos is already tired of the Chavez story:
    I swear, for a country that goes around invading countries it doesn't like, it sure has a thin skin. Republicans, Democrats, and the media are all freaking out.)

    One Web

    Today is OneWebDay, dedicated to celebrating the things we can do today that were unthinkable ten years ago, thanks to the World Wide Web. The site has a blog where people are describing how it's changed their lives. Well. Who hasn't it changed?

    Doc Searls takes the day to try something new, posting links to his online photo galleries. Of all the things that the Web has changed, one of the most wonderful is the ability to post our photos. It's overwhelming sometimes to see how many choices you have when deciding how to post photos, or where to go to look at them if you just want to browse.

    I remember seeing digital photos online for the first time, and it was mindblowing. Especially when people began to try taking photos with digital cameras and posting them right away. How long ago was that? I'm thinking the Web had been around quite awhile before that happened. The photos, at first, were pretty low resolution too. How things have changed. As Doc says, thanks to those pioneers "for making a big world-wide open photo marketplace where we're all producers and no longer just consumers."

    Four years

    I just noticed that the 4th anniversary of this blog passed a couple weeks ago. My first posting here was August 25th, 2002.

    I had been 'blogging' for nearly two years before that (since November 2000), but was doing a hand-coded blog on my personal website. The archives of that are still around somewhere, and I guess a few dates still appear on The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. (The address was, but for some reason that site's been non responsive for quite awhile now. I moved the current version to

    As a side project, I also had a blog on the Miami Herald's website, from July 2003 to May of this year. That blog ran on three different platforms: links to at least some of them still on the sidebar.

    Pick of the last few days: congress, profiteering, heritage, and public records

    There are a couple new resources for monitoring what's happening with Congress these days:
    Majority Watch has links to Congressional races up for grabs, including the one I will vote in (NC 11th), where a Republican incumbent with questionable business dealings is challenged by a failed NFL quarterback. The race details include demographics and polling results.
    And then there's Beyond Delay, a study of the '20 most corrupt members of Congress (and five to watch)' from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Interestingly, this list includes 'my' congressman, see above. (Florida's Tom Feeney and Katherine Harris are also on the list.)
    Also, Derek notes the political blog on the NY Times site: The Caucus. New perspectives on some Congressional races here.

    On Iraq, there's Pressure mounts for contracting accountability, report from Facing South with links to reports, especially:
    War Profiteers: Profits Over Patriotism in Iraq (pdf) from Campaign for America's Future.
    Also: Been seeing lots of links to a video from VoteVets that claims George Allen and other Republicans voted to keep soldiers deprived of good body armor. Turns out the claims in the video are false, according to this report from, who say "Both sides have misled the public about this issue".

    Are you of British heritage? Think that means your ancestors were Anglo Saxon, from Germany? Most Brits have Celtic ancestry, according to this report in the Scotsman, from an Oxford study. And, of course, that means your ancestors probably came -- from Spain. (Or, we're all Irish in the end.)

    In public records news, Mark Schaver at Depth Reporting links to a site called RecordsSiteReviews that claims to tell you which sources for public records are best. There are also instruction sheets on using public records. The concept is interesting but seems to review only a few commercial sites, which make me wonder if they're all part of a marketing campaign.
    Also via Schaver, link to Public Records and Investigations blog, with some interesting guides and links. (Note the blog postings look blank in Firefox but if you highlight the blank spaces the words appear. See the previous postings links in side column for the headlines.) One interesting link here, in the 'Is your boyfriend married?' post: Vital Records Links, with birth, death and marriage links. Pretty good list, but it doesn't include at least one I know of, Miami Dade county marriages, which went online in past year.

    For more public records blogging, of course don't miss PI Buzz, which I linked in the last year, and which reminds us today that if you don't have a library card, you're missing out on access to some great databases and online reference help.

    Thursday, September 21, 2006

    A blog worth reading at

    Well, there may be a few. But there's a new one that's certainly worth reading, by the Herald's iconoclastic TV critic, Glenn Garvin: Changing Channels.

    I don't always agree with Garvin, but certainly enjoy his writing. I especially like his first post, entitled Rush Limbaugh. Katie Couric. Sex. Says Garvin:
    ...the ugly truth is that I just put all that stuff in the title because they told me to use specific, popular terms that would turn up in search engines.
    ...(this is) yet another attempt by the mainstream media to crush and devour all possible alternatives and force you to read us, us, nothing but us. We know there are lots of other places besides the Miami Herald where you could read about television. Don't do it. They're all liars, frauds, charlatans and swine.**

    How long since you read a blog posting about the real purpose of the blog?

    The Radio Marti/El Herald story continues

    News on the fallout from Oscar Corral's Miami Herald story:

    In CJR Daily, a column by Paul McLeary, When all Things are not Equal, discussing the oft-brought up question of why it's been OK for journalists to appear on Voice of America but not Radio Martí:'s crucial to separate the overtly political and propagandistic commentary of Marti from the content of the (VoA's) Issues in the News program.

    McLeary does say, however, that there are some concerns over VoA's independence under the Broadcasting Board of Governors' chief Kenneth Tomlinson...

    At La Nueva Cuba, an open letter to the management of McClatchy and The Miami Herald. It includes link to a new blog, Apoyo a periodistas de el nuevo herald which is collecting signatures to the accompanying petition. Over 300 signatures so far, including some El Nuevo Herald staffers.
    Reminds me of the petition supporting Jim Defede last year.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2006

    Some good things

    J-Lab announces that Global Voices Online is the winner of the James Batten Award for innovations in journalism.
    Global Voices, via the Berkman School at Harvard, is a window into what people are talking about around the world. It gives access to voices that Americans don't always hear, and that's why I have a link to it in the siderail.

    InfoPlease Distance Calculator is a calculator for the U.S. only, but includes all U.S. geographic names so can use a marker like a lake, dam, school, etc. and also includes distance in kilometers and nautical miles. For international distances, or for distances calculated from latitude/longitude, the old standard is How Far is It? from

    Good sites for finding story ideas from Al Tompkins, who posts these while he takes a couple days off from the 'Morning Meeting' column. This is a slightly different list from the sites that I use to check for new stuff daily, and some good ones here.

    Airport Wireless Internet Access Guide from Travelpost. Nice to see that some airports or airlines offer free access. Miami and Atlanta, for two, don't, according to this.

    Saturday, September 16, 2006

    Weekend update: More research links from the week

    This was a busy week with work so I didn't get to post much (not that I found much to post, either).
    The links collection is small this week, too, so not categorized:

  • NFL Team Valuations , from Forbes. Part of the "Business of Football" link from last week.
  • Criminal Victimization, 2005, latest stats from BJS.
  • Big-City Wireless Use Study from Verizon, ranks Miami #1 in cell phone use.
  • Campaign Network, new politics site from C-Span and CQ.
  • Northern Light: the journal search engine hasn't really gone away, now offers a free business search and several Market Intelligence Centers, for example: Telecom. Searches are free but most articles require subscription to read ($4.95 day pass available).
  • The Net Democracy Guide, help with political and activist campaigns from Center for Democracy and Technology.
  • Orange County, CA Civil Court search.
  • The Royal Society Archive of scientific study is now online, with free access to over 60,000 journal articles going back to 1665. Free until December.
  •, now with current info and polls on this fall's races.
  • ARDA Assn of Relgious Data Archives. Lots of stats on denominations, surveys, etc.; includes Religious Survey Quickstats. Link to Data Archive.
  • Election Results Archive, from Center on Democratic Performance at Binghamton.

  • Thursday, September 14, 2006

    Time for conservatives

    Amazing new collection of articles in Washington Monthly, entitled Time for Us to Go, written by seven prominent conservatives like Christopher Buckley, Joe Scarborough, and Richard Viguerie, on why the Republican Party should lose in this fall's elections.
    Some accuse Bush and the Republicans today of not being true conservatives. Others see a grab bag of stated policies and wonder how they cohere. Everyone thinks something’s got to change.

    From Buckley, for example:
    I voted for George W. Bush in 2000. In 2004, I could not bring myself to pull the same lever again. Neither could I bring myself to vote for John Kerry, who, for all his strengths, credentials, and talent, seems very much less than the sum of his parts. So, I wrote in a vote for George Herbert Walker Bush, for whom I worked as a speechwriter from 1981 to ’83. I wish he’d won.
    ...Who knew, in 2000, that “compassionate conservatism” meant bigger government, unrestricted government spending, government intrusion in personal matters, government ineptitude, and cronyism in disaster relief? Who knew, in 2000, that the only bill the president would veto, six years later, would be one on funding stem-cell research?
    ...What have they done to my party? Where does one go to get it back?

    Tuesday, September 12, 2006

    How're we doing?

    Some commentary on the day after the 5 year anniversary of 9/11:

    Keith Olbermann's 'special comment' on Bush: Who has left this hole in the ground? via Crooks and Liars. Olbermann:
    ...they bicker and buck-pass. They thwart private efforts, and jostle to claim credit for initiatives that go nowhere. They spend the money on irrelevant wars, and elaborate self-congratulations, and buying off columnists to write how good a job they’re doing — instead of doing any job at all.
    Five years later, Mr. Bush… we are still fighting the terrorists on these streets. And look carefully, sir — on these 16 empty acres, the terrorists… are clearly, still winning.
    ...Just as the terrorists have succeeded — are still succeeding — as long as there is no memorial and no construction here at Ground Zero…
    So too have they succeeded, and are still succeeding — as long as this government uses 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans.

    Billmon, on Whiskey Bar, also talks about the hole in the ground, 'The sixteen-acre ditch':
    If you had told me, five years ago, that on the fifth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in history Ground Zero would still be nothing but an enormous hole in the ground, I wouldn't have believed you -- just as I wouldn't have believed that a major American city could be thoroughly trashed by a Category 4 hurricane and then left to moulder in the mud for a year...

    From Billmon's comment: even the pools that marked the location of the towers yesterday, where W and Laura floated wreaths, are fake, or at least temporary.

    More of interest:
    The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War, from Democracy Now, interview with David Corn and Michael Isikoff, authors of the book that exposed Richard Armitage as the source of the Valerie Plame leak.

    In the Telegraph: Stop Blaming America for Terrorism, by Anne Applebaum. This one's raised a lot of comments from British readers.

    On that 9/11 miniseries from ABC/Disney: In The Nation, ABC 9/11 Docudrama's Right-Wing Roots, by Max Blumenthal, which claims the series is the result of a long-standing campaign to blame the Clinton administration for the attacks.

    Christopher Hitchens, in Opinion Journal: Solidarity: Our first duty is to stand together against bin Ladenism. Hitchens:
    ...there was the president, and most of the media, speaking about "an attack on America." True as this was and is, it is not quite the truth.
    ...Anyone who lost their "innocence" on September 11 was too naïve by far, or too stupid to begin with. On that day, we learned what we ought to have known already, which is that clerical fanaticism means to fight a war which can only have one victor. Afghans, Kurds, Kashmiris, Timorese and many others could have told us this from experience, and for nothing (and did warn us, especially in the person of Ahmad Shah Massoud, leader of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance). Does anyone suppose that an ideology that slaughters and enslaves them will ever be amenable to "us"? The first duty, therefore, is one of solidarity with bin-Ladenism's other victims and targets, from India to Kurdistan.

    And, from Newsweek: The 'Islamofascists': Bush's new national-security offensive has been plagued by debate over what to call the bad guys.

    Monday, September 11, 2006

    Watching The Herald

    The other day I noted that the Radio Marti/El Nuevo Herald story hadn't elicited any comments on Babalu. But a note from Babalu contributor Henry 'Conductor' Gomez lets me know that he has commented on this story, on his new blog, Herald Watch. In the posting, for example, Conductor points out that several years ago in The Herald, Elaine de Valle wrote that freelancer Olga Connor was paid to appear on a Radio Marti show twice weekly.

    Good. Having a critical blog watching what the local paper writes is always a good thing. In South Florida, Daily Pulp has been the only other blog doing that. The political perspectives of the two blogs is light years apart, making a lot of room for a broad range of opinions. (Note the Pulp's take on the criticism of the Herald story.)

    Weekend update: More research links from the week

    I've been keeping busy so haven't had time to post so much the last week or so. This week looks to be busy too.
    I didn't find very many new links last week (or lost some of them), so no categories. Just a few good links:

  • Aardvark Asian Databases, a collection of links to free and subscription databases.
  • China Vitae, biographical information about Chinese leaders.
  • Water Scarcity: worldwide statistics from EarthTrends.
  • Newsday report on defense-related CEO's compensation (includes oil company execs).
  • Cubans in the United States, report from Pew Research.
  • Building Roads to Reduce Traffic Congestion in America’s Cities: How Much and at What Cost?
    ... by 2030, drivers in 11 other major cities – Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland, San Francisco-Oakland, Seattle-Tacoma, and Washington, D.C. - will all be sitting in daily traffic jams worse than the infamous traffic jams that plague Los Angeles today, according to a Reason Foundation study.

  • Guide to Greener Electronics, from Greenpeace.
  • Global Warming Forcing U.S. Coastal Population to Move Inland: An Estimated 250,000 Katrina Evacuees Are Now Climate Refugees ; this is an interesting concept, from Earth Policy Institute:
    Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall in late August 2005, forced a million people from New Orleans and the small towns on the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts to move inland either within state or to neighboring states, such as Texas and Arkansas. Although nearly all planned to return, many have not.

    See also: Hurricane Damages Soar to New Levels: Insurance Companies Abandoning Homeowners in High-Risk Coastal Areas
  • More on Google News archive search from Gary Price at Resourceshelf, with links to comments from Chris Sherman and others. Details, problems, alternatives etc.
  • 100 fastest growing companies, from Fortune.
  • Links to Sept 11 resources/archives from Gary Price at Resourceshelf.
  • The Business of Football, 2006 team valuations from Forbes.

  • Friday, September 08, 2006

    South Florida journalistic uproar

    The Miami Herald's Oscar Corral did a FOIA request for people paid by Radio/TV Marti, and found that several South Florida journalists were paid by the government agency to act as panelists or commentators. Two El Nuevo Herald journalists were let go for not revealing the connection to their employer; the others are freelancers or work for other organizations. The journalists' responses to the story.
    This will have some ramifications: Daily Pulp comments, and focuses on Diario las Americas/local PBS host Helen Aguirre Ferre. Stuck on the Palmetto gets to the point of this story:
    But even if the money didn't have that effect, the appearance of such influence runs totally contradictory to our idea of a free and independent press. A press that, ironically enough, is characterized by many conservatives as being extremely liberal.

    Florida Masochist also discusses the story.

    Interestingly, Babalu Blog hasn't discussed this story yet, because they're focused on the story of ABC 'caving in to the Clinton apologists' on the 9/11 miniseries. Says Babalu:
    That said, here is a list of things I NEVER want to hear come out of the mouth of liberal scumbags ever again:
    * Conservatives stifle dissent.
    * Conservatives don't respect the First Amendment.

    Et cetera.
    Meanwhile, Mustang Bobby reminds us it's only a movie, and comments:
    I wouldn't mind ignoring the film altogether and dismissing this whole flap by saying it's only a movie were it not for the fact that in 2003 the righties went spittle-flecked apopletic when CBS dared to plan to present a docudrama about The Reagans and didn't present the late president and his wife with a heavenly glow around them in every scene.

    Wednesday, September 06, 2006

    A new news archive

    This is too good (or at least interesting) to skip posting: Google has launched a news archive search. This will solve the problem with Google News only having recent stories.

    I searched 'elian gonzalez' and got lots of stories; most seem to be from CNN at first glance, but there are also stories from pay archives like Highbeam and Newsbank, with notes about the cost of retrieval. A really nice feature of this is the 'Timeline' that arranges stories by year and date. Here's the Elian story. (Note, however, in the Timeline, which shows stories from 2000, there are no Miami Herald stories. Huh?)

    This should be a good new tool for researchers, at least those without access to archives like Nexis and Factiva....But note the San Francisco Chronicle story announcing this also warns people that they should check with their local library for access to free content online before paying through this service. (Via Romenesko.)

    Jury duty

    Posting will be light this week, at least for another day, since I'm spending time at the court house.

    Monday, September 04, 2006

    Weekend update: More research links from the week

    Hope you're all having a good holiday weekend. Ours has been rainy off and on but we needed the change. Lots of fun things going on in the mountains this weekend, with a heritage festival downtown and much more. Just a great weekend for a short, nearly wet, motorcycle ride, too. More photos on my Southern Highlands Cam blog.

    The links:

  • Information Resources on Marine Mammals
  • Links to onine book searches and other downloadable texts from Resourceshelf.
  • EarthTrends Climate and Atmosphere Database: lots of stats on pollution, emissions, etc. Click tabs for other databases, including Population, Health and Human Well-being, with Internet, health, population trends, lots more. From World Resources Institute. Links to all the topics.

  • Census: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005, press release with links to the data.

  • The Use of Public Funds for Private Benefit: An Examination of the Relationship between Public Stadium Funding and Ticket Prices in the National Football League and Publicly Financed New Sports Facilities: Are They Economically Justifiable? A Case Study of the Los Angeles Staples Center, studies from the International Journal of Sport Finance. Some more sports business research reports listed on Docuticker this week.

    Public Records:
  • Two good public records tips in TVCAlert (originally published in Cyberskeptics' Guide): The Making of a Public Records Researcher and The Art of Public Records Research, by Genie Tyburski. Found in one of these:
  •, with traffic accident/incident reports from several cities/towns nationwide. Check the 'Making' story for links to some other cities with reports online.

    Some interesting stories/blogs:
  • Jim Defede's blog, the former New Times/Miami Herald columnist, now a Miami radio commentator.
  • J-Prof, blog from UT's Jim Stovall.

  • Friday, September 01, 2006

    Olbermann on Rumsfeld

    Looking for the text of Keith Olbermann's special commentary on Donald Rumsfeld's speech the other night? Links to the video are everywhere, but Crooks and Liars has the transcribed text. Don't miss this one. Olbermann:
    The confusion we - as its citizens - must now address, is stark and forbidding. But variations of it have faced our forefathers, when men like Nixon and McCarthy and Curtis LeMay have darkened our skies and obscured our flag. Note - with hope in your heart - that those earlier Americans always found their way to the light and we can too.
    The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and this Administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms...

    New books

    Looking forward to a couple of new books that will give a whole new look at journalism history:

    Alicia Shepard's book about Woodward, Bernstein and Watergate will be out soon, according to this article in Editor & Publisher. I first noticed Shepard when she wrote an article about the pair in Washingtonian magazine. To me it was the first really good look at how the two worked during this big story, with lots of quotes from coworkers. I've anticipated this book ever since.

    Looking back even further, it's good to see that Myra MacPherson's book on I.F. Stone is finally coming out. Stone, singlehandedly, and over a period of nearly 20 years, published what may have been Washington's most influential newsletter, I.F. Stone's Weekly. MacPherson's book is called All Governments Lie; it required 15 years of research.

    Peter Osnos reviews the book: What would Izzy say?.

    Interesting that in the blog world over the last few years, I've seen several references to Stone and blogging, with some calling him the 'first political blogger'. Some examples:
    Scott Henson, in Grits for Breakfast, arguing in 2004 that Stone was in contention to be considered the greatest American investigative journalist, edging out Sy Hersh:
    In a way, Stone was a proto-blogger. His I.F. Stone's Weekly was relatively short and punchy, and it only went to folks who particularly wanted it -- he didn't rely on mass distribution, but niche targeting.
    ...Stone's methodology spawned the type of blogger's journalism method where one takes information already out there, and with one's own research adds value to it, reprocesses it, and kicks it back out into the public arena for more debate and vetting. They didn't call Izzy Stone the father of modern investigative journalism for nothing.

    Then there was Evan Jones, a year ago in Counterpunch: The Relevance of I.F. Stone.
    Izzy Stone was a natural-born blogger. Except that he was born before the age of the pc and the web.

    I'm just sorry that I'll be missing my longtime friend Myra's book reading in Miami at Books and Books next week.