Thursday, January 05, 2006

How the Media Was Scooped On Sharon

The gravity of Ariel Sharon's medical condition was almost completely ignored by the mainstream media. To read about the seriousness of Sharon's condition you had to read the blogs -- particularly the IRIS blog, which jumped on the story early on and basically scooped the world press.

What's interesting is not that IRIS scooped the media but how it did so, which was by very basic shoe-leather reporting. IRIS obtained a medical opinion, which nobody else in the media bothered to do.

Keep that in mind the next time someone slams the blogs.

UPDATE (1/6): Another scoop from IRIS -- this time that Sharon was poorly served by his doctors. The guy just keeps churning out the scoops. Bravo!

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