Wednesday, January 10, 2007

They say there's no bad publicity: Pajamas makes the Times (sort of)

In this story about how bloggers won't let go of the controversy over the existence of quoted AP source Jamil Hussein, Maria Aspen writes (in the business section of the NY Times):

In a reference to a memorable swipe that Jonathan Klein, CNN’s head of domestic operations, once took at bloggers who work from their living rooms, Ms. Wagner wrote in an e-mail message: "Our reporters are not 'pajamas media.' "

She added, "Our reporters tell what they’ve seen and heard to editors who ask tougher questions than many of these bloggers might imagine."

Oh, I dunno; I can imagine some pretty tough questions, although not maybe NY Times-tough or AP-tough. "Have you stopped beating your wife?" for example. Or even, "Do you have independent corroboration of this source?"

Be that as it may, I have a sneaking suspicion that, unbeknownst to Ms. Aspen, Ms. Wagner's reference was a double one--not just to Klein's original memorable (and sexist!! Let's not forget sexist!) statement ("You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing.") , but to the media group of which I'm a proud member, Pajamas Media.

They say there's no bad publicity, but unfortunately, Ms. Aspen doesn't seem to have heard of Pajamas; my guess is that Ms. Wagner has.

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