Bloggasm interviews L.A. Times blog boss Tony Pierce about his effort to muzzle his bloggers on the John Edwards love child story. Quotable:
I asked Pierce if the metro desk had the chance to follow up on the story, and if so, would he send out another post allowing his bloggers to write about it. He said that to his knowledge the LA Times reporters hadn’t found any additional information and expressed some skepticism of the National Enquirer story’s authenticity.
“I was really just reminding the bloggers that they write for the LA Times and they happen to be using blogging as a publishing platform,” Pierce said. “This isn’t something you would normally see in a newspaper more than once. We already wrote the one post quoting the National Enquirer and I don’t think you’d see more than that if there were no blogs and this was just a newspaper. That’s what I was just saying to them, that until we have a better source, let’s hold off on being part of the speculation.”
But near the end of our interview he interjected and said that he probably could have worded the email better.
Read it all. It’s short, interesting, and it’s original journalism by a blog, which I like to see. Advances the debate, which is all to the good.