Douglas Quenqua profiled BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith in The New York Times' Styles section Sunday, an infraction that cannot go unremarked.
Quenqua "labors on the misapprehensions that Smith invented blogging," writes Ben Jacobs, who says Smith "is merely applying traditional principles of the yellow press to the Internet."
While Quenqua stuffily compares to Smith to “other print reporters…waiting for deadlines to share the news,” that attitude is only a relatively recent one. In the glory days of newspapers, there were constantly new editions rolling off the presses with updated news. After all, there was no television; this was the fastest way for word to get out. There was not simply one edition of the newspaper, set almost in stone, that was published at a certain hour so that vans could trundle off on circulation routes. Copies were rushed out to newsstands as soon as the ink was dry.(more...)