UPDATED where indicated – original post 12/15: Once upon a time Dan Casey’s blog at The Roanoke Times was entertaining and humorous. I had retreated from the uninspiring sanctimonious editorial board blog. It became an irritating exercise even when I agreed with them. They were either late to the topic or contained factual errors or fell short on substance.
What I do read are the commentaries. Some commentaries are so well formulated The Roanoke Times should pay them a few dollars and they could eliminate the RTEB.
Back to Casey’s blog. How readers perceive Casey’s blog is a direct reflection on The Roanoke Times. Repeat – a direct reflection on The Roanoke Times. All paid Roanoke Times staff blogs can reflect positively on a newspaper or can taint its image forever. A newspaper’s reputation online is no different then in print.
Casey comes up with some whoppers of stories. Some of which are entertaining and humorous -and who doesn’t enjoy the “caption this photo” contest. It is getting a little long in the tooth but hey people seem to like it.
Casey’s blog this week did a hit job on a political candidate. It brought upwards of 100 comments mostly from those eager to join him in the bashing. But what did it cost The Roanoke Times in credibility? Not only did Casey misstate the candidate’s position he twisted and framed it like, well heck just like one of those outlandish negative TV ads. Posts are HERE and HERE.
Casey doesn’t do much monitoring of his comments. This week’s comments ran amuck on the candidate he was denigrating.
So what’s wrong with that you say? When you pick one candidate to perform a hatchet job on you are advocating for the other candidate. This would be acceptable if he were independent of the newspaper that pays his salary.
Blog comments using duplicate IP addresses with different names went viral and vicious. They even questioned the candidate’s ethnicity, demanded a birth certificate and called him a Muslim. Casey never should have allowed such vicious comments.
UPDATED 12/20: 12. Has anyone seen this guy’s birth certificate? Habeeb sure isn’t what I would call a true American name. Has the NRA vetted this guy? Homeland Security OK with him? Is he a gasp, Muslim? I don’t recall any Southern Baptists with that name. Will Morgan Griffith be replaced with a TERRORIST? I’m going to stop now, with apologies to Mr. Habeeb, but with all of the flap over Obama’s birth certificate and loyalty to his country, can you imagine if Mr. Habeeb was a Democrat?
Comment — December 12, 2010 @ 6:05 pm
When I suggested to Casey that he not allow duplicate IP addresses to be posted:
The RTEB doesn’t allow duplicate IP posts and will not release them. You should do the same. If it continues they should be banned from posting.
Comment by Valerie — December 14, 2010 @ 12:08 am
I have my own policy. It’s transparent, and it’s been very effective into shaming commentors into quitting the games. I’m not going to change it.
Comment by Dan Casey — December 14, 2010 @ 12:25 am
He not only allowed it but also commented himself instigating more hateful vitriol. Casey should know better then to take part and further the nasty rhetoric.
So you have the RTEB blog that is always right (sanctimonious). Dan Casey is going to hell in a hand basket. What happened to you Dan? There are other blogs I have not mentioned that are on topic and doing just fine.
I’ve left the Blue Ridge Caucus for last. So far they are adhering to some semblance of order. I rarely post but as a political junky I do read it. Just don’t let this blog turn into anything close to Dan Casey’s. I don’t think you will since you are reporters and Dan is well he just “is.”
Now about me – well hell you know I didn’t go to journalism school or major in English or anything close to it. I do the best I can with the intent to always do better. No I don’t make any money on my website – only a few dollars at the Roanoke Star-Sentinel.
Why do I do it? Because so much is left out of the news and I don’t have to worry about the number of inches. I do impose a deadline on myself and Lord knows I’ve learned you can’t cover everything. I’m just one “mature arthritic” person.
So that’s my little rant about Dan Casey’s blog. I’ve learned a lot communicating in forums with journalists that include subjects about how to avoid blogging mistakes. That’s one thing twitter and facebook has been good for – communicating with broadcasters and journalists throughout the country. Very interesting how the Roanoke region has it’s own “style.” Roanoke media seems to tread lightly when it comes to exposing shenanigans.
Added: 12/20: At the Virginia-Pilot Online – a good idea for The Roanoke Times:
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Added 12/20: The New York Times fundamental online standards:
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