Thursday, 14 November 2013 : CJR's Guide to Online News Startups

«ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — A few days after a team of Navy SEALS killed Al Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden, Shmarya Rosenberg, whose website is perhaps the Internet's only English-language news source devoted to news from the insular world of ultra-orthodox Judaism, received a tip from one of his readers in Brooklyn. The reader had e-mailed him a scanned picture from a Yiddish-language newspaper that included the now-famous Situation Room photograph of President Obama and his national security staff receiving updates on the operation in Pakistan—except that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Council Director for Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason, the only two women in the photo, had been airbrushed out.»

The problems with Failed Messiah are numerous. While he has exposed some real abuses, he also apparently combines muckraking and yellow journalistic tactics to exaggerate his allegations. So embedded amongst the many factual allegations, are a few smear campaigns, too.

This tendency to exaggerate, combined with a visceral animus serves to undermine the credibility of the Blog. I guess a less passionate blogger might wind up exposing nothing. So we're kind of stuck with the only genuine exposures being highlighted by a bitter blogger with a personal vendetta.

Kol Tuv,

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