New York Times assistant managing editor Richard Berke isn’t a fan:
Talk turned to the Internet and the “nastiness” of current politics. Richard Berke blamed bloggers for making reporters’ jobs harder –- the following is a paraphrase, as Times Watch’s shorthand isn’t that great.
Joking, or maybe half-joking, the affable Berke said, “There are some good blogs, like Dick’s [fellow panelist Dick Polman]. The bad blogs are the ones that take on the New York Times.” He continued, roughly: “Some of the blogs take a toll on our reporters. One question on our minds is, ‘What are the blogs going to say?’…Reporters have to be careful not to pull their punches…There are people dedicated to analyzing and picking apart whatever we say and do, not always in a bad way, but sometimes it’s just mean-spirited…The bloggers are after us…we try not to be affected, but foremost in our mind, we know that everything we write will be picked apart…you have to ignore those people that go after you…I’m afraid that blogging…creates problems for people to do their job.”
“The bloggers are after us.” Please. Worry about the Post. That’s who’s after you.