Jay Rosen to Dan Rather: "Get a Blog"
See today's conversation on the CBS debacle on Jay Rosen's Press Think. The big sin is, say critics, is Rather's failure to listen to his audience. Says Gillmor: "I don't think CBS is, today, institutionally capable of truly understanding the value of listening to its audience -- of grasping how much help the audience can be in the journalistic process. The network's offhanded dismissal of the grassroots continues even now. (I know there are individual people at CBS who do get it. But they are not running things.)" Jay Rosen advises Rather: "take the money you spend on the person who is sometimes called your spokeswoman, and hire yourself a skilled blogger, to do a Dan Rather Reports blog. Here you post additional source material, put tapes of your interviews, and also explain yourself, react to crtics and follow up on stories aired by 60 Minutes."