Keenan Wellar, a mover and shaker in the Volunteer Ottawa World (CEO & Co-Founder at LiveWorkPlay), also a tweeter, but NOT a blogger! (No, after the big rant, he tweets and is on FaceBook, but doesn't blog!) He's very busy working with his volunteer group. Me, I just post picture for those disinterested in the rabble rousing around Ottawa! This was sunset yesterday after the storm.
He was criticized by a paid journalist for an error, which then led to a rant, by a P.O.d Ken Gray, Ottawa Citizen journalist.
Gray (the journalist) thought that Wellar, avid twitter fan, ought to refrain from blogging. Do you see the error of his ways, yet?
Me either. I have favourite blogs. I have favourite tweets, by friends and family. I do not confuse the two. And I'm just a humble blogger. All this led to a good discussion between Wellar and Gray (the journalist), a shutdown of discourse by the latter, and then a rant by Ken Gray. KenGrayOttawa, not THE journalist, has entered the fray and is having a grand time.
The words are flying!!!
The self-appointed Minister of Truth followed up that post with "Blogging and the law: let the bloggers beware," in which he asserts that bloggers (and tweeters) shouldn't be trusted because they don't always get their facts right.
This all resulted in Ken getting horribly but politely pawned"
Ken Gray and his sort-of-blog The Bulldog took a wicked thumping last week , writes the OTHER KenGrayOttawa. Rumour is that the 'Guest posts' on The BULLDOG blog (AKA Citizen blog) is a chance to appease writers. Yet, as KenGrayOttawa writes, why should they guest post Jim Watson? A politician?
I do not believe that a journalist ought to be blogging! We expect a higher level of writing by a journalist. We expect facts, unless, of course the word 'column' is beside their name. Then they are free to rant about issues under the guise of 'editorial'.
We know that journalists NEED editors to keep them under control. Bloggers and twitter fans we know to read with tongue-in-cheek, as they are supposed to use sarcasm and wit. (Both sides use puns, but that is another discourse!)
Here is the NOT Ken Gray Journalist: