Comments on: Should bloggers get embargoed World Bank reports? A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: y2kurtus Mon, 11 Apr 2011 18:46:43 +0000 Felix,

The idea that the world bank would exclude people like you from an “approved access list” is absurd. Isn’t Krugman considered a blogger at this point… I mean he has a blog?

In a fair and balanced world news gathering orginizations like NPR, NYT, WSJ, and your beloved Reuters should be awarded credentials at the entity level and then assign them to who ever they wish.

Best hopes for grayhairs everwhere (a demographic I very recently joined) realizing that web baised journalism is now the most widely consumed.

Keep up the great writing Felix.

By: EllieK Sat, 09 Apr 2011 14:20:41 +0000 You, Felix Salmon, are a blogger writing on I am also a blogger! Yet I don’t expect, nor is it reasonable, for me to get access to embargoed reports from the World Bank or anywhere else. You, however, should. And I am reassured to learn that you do.

I’m uncertain why Ms. Freschi would want access to embargoed information. She is more a “genuine journalist” than I am with my primitive blogs! But embargoed releases, whether economic, scientific or technology announcements, are often very specialized in content. True subject matter expertise is needed to understand, and sift the wheat from the chaff.

Reuters and industry-specific publications have access to such expertise. Bloggers do not (excluding the blogs of Reuters, the WSJ, NY Times).

I’m with you 100% about this. It is far too easy for disinformation to propagate. It is very arrogant to presume that one is qualified to write as an authority on every subject! Bloggers that are unaffiliated with media have little or no access to experts to confirm understanding. Without informed analysis, coverage of embargoed content is at best a public-relations style press release, and at worse, a disservice to a blog’s readers due to incomplete of flawed interpretation.