by David Safier
Some blogs write garbage. Others, and BfA is among them, have definite political slants, but at the same time work at being scrupulous about presenting valid facts and information
Some media outlets respect what we do and read us regularly, knowing we often cover stories, and angles on stories, the MSM misses. They borrow from us regularly, which I think is great.
Others, like our home paper The Star, think we indulge in too much speculation and innuendo. When we blog, we don't always ask all sides to state their positions. For instance, we might quote from a political news release (always citing the source so people know where the material originated), but not ask the other side to comment. In other words, we don't act like journalists. We don't call ourselves journalists, of course, but that's the standard these folks think we should follow.
Then there's the Goldwater Institute. If you read my post below, you'll see how Matthew Ladner once again cherry-picked data to fulfill his propagandistic mission, which in this case is to slam Arizona's Community Colleges. I see no indication Ladner called anyone at the Community Colleges, or any experts or scholars who study higher education. He just takes the data which makes his highly partisan point and puts it out there in a neat little package.
Remember when he admitted he thought Bus Drivers qualify as Bureaucrats? He still hasn't backed down from that one, which should be enough to have him laughed out of town.
But the MSM tends to take the bait G.I. dangles in front of it and swallow it hook, line and sinker. The highly partisan diatribes from a multimillion dollar conservative/libertarian institute, funded by deep pocket conservatives, which pays its people six figures to concoct carefully crafted half truths and outright lies are taken whole and reported on as news while some of these same media outlets turn up their noses at material from blogs and other online sources which have far more credibility and actually have a policy of keeping their facts and information accurate.