Iraqi bloggers in the mainstream

Stephen Baker

I remember sitting at a blogger symposium 14 months ago and hearing New York Times Managing Editor Jill Abramson asking bloggers if they realized how much it cost to maintain a news bureau in Bagdhad. Her point: We need mainstream media to cover difficult and expensive stories. Bloggers responded that the Times could broaden and deepen its Iraq coverage by bringing in bloggers. That led to more debate about reliability and standards... Things are changing. Look at Thomas Friedman's (alarming) column today (sorry, behind firewall). His key source is a blogger, Mesopotamian, and he quotes him for two paragraphs. We don't know this person or his agenda. But he has a voice and perspective worth reading. And if you have a couple of spare hours, the comments are interesting too.

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