No Credit Where Credit is Due
Rosen's mad because the mainstream media used direct quotes from Fowler's blog but never cited her (or Huffpo) as the source, thus disparaging the importance of websites that offer credible reporting from vetted sources:
Citizen journalism isn't a hypothetical in this campaign....It's Mayhill Fowler, who had been in Pennsylvania with Obama, listening to the candidate talk about Pennsylvanians to supporters in San Francisco, and hearing something that didn't sound right to her.
Didn't See It That Way
Another citizen journalist is Glennia Campbell, who writes for MOMocrats and has her own blog as well. She was also at the Obama event in San Francisco, and she heard something very different from what Fowler heard. (Same words, but to her way of thinking, a different meaning and intent.)
Campbell is so bothered by the fallout of Fowler's words that she's calling Fowler on it:
Mayhill Fowler created a tempest in a teapot this week by quoting a fraction of Obama's 40 minutes of remarks and answers to questions. The press, Senator Clinton, and Senator McCain have jumped on this with relish, characterizing Obama, the fundraiser, and those in attendance as "elitist" and "out of touch with the rest of America."Campbell goes on to explain how she, as the child of blue collar workers, understands what Obama was saying in a way that others can't.
She Said, She SaidWhat's taking place between the two women is compelling to me, and not for reasons other media might fixate on.
This is not a bitch-slap between two opinionated broads, or a catfight among liberal feminists. It's passionate political discourse from a female perspective - two smart women who have been given the opportunity to take a very public stand and defend their views in front of hundreds of thousands of readers.
Thanks to the power of new media, women's voices and opinions are being amplified and broadcast (pun intended) to audiences eager to expand beyond what they read, hear, and see in the male-dominated traditional media.
In Our Hands
Who's right and who's wrong? Follow the links. Read the two women's opposing viewpoints. Make up your own mind. And if it's not too much trouble, come back here and post your comment. I'm burdening you with the task of forming an opinion and talking about it to spread the gospel.
Why? Gone are the days of women believing it's not polite to discuss politics.
We're electing more and more women as officeholders, and we're making more legislative decisions than ever before. We're speaking up and altering the direction of political discourse in this country.
Now, as Jay Rosen points out, we just need to get the credit we deserve.