Blogs vs traditional media: the Iraq issue

During the first panel discussion of the We Media conference in London a delegate at the conference whose name I didn’t catch stood up and made a very interesting comment. He says he works for a newspaper and that it was his job to review Iraqi blogs for the paper he works for to source stories and comment. He said that ever since he started doing this, he began “losing trust in newspapers” because he found that the Iraqi blogs were saying something completely different to what the mainstream media were saying. He highlighted the fact that some major US newspapers recently apologised for not being critical enough during the Iraqi war. In fact he questioned whether that — if there had been more critical reporting from mainstream media – if the war could have been avoided altogether? Interesting stuff.