David Hale alerted me to this sad story:
… Today, Bleacher Report announced yet another content sharing agreement, this time with the Washington Post.
The Washington Post is now populating their website with Bleacher Report content. Let that wash over you for a moment. Woodward. Bernstein. The 20 Most Boobtastic Athletes of All time. Together, as one, as the overseers of journalistic integrity always imagined it.
(I left the link to the BR post in… go on, you know you want to click on it.)
It’s some marriage they’ve cooked up.
… So now the Washington Post, of all places, not only has a blog written by the fans, for the fans, but they’ve teamed up with a content sharing network populated by fans as well. They’ll still have the same great reporting — though far less of it than ever before — but the Post is one of the growing number of newspapers that have become so concerned with staying afloat that they’ve managed to marginalize their product to the point where they may not be the news outlet of record in their market any longer. Then what do they have? Cheap labor? Fans writing for them? It’s a brilliant model for Bleacher Report, to pray prey on the desperate. I wish I had thought of it.
What’s that you say about journalism standards? Oy.
I will admit to a certain amount of amusement over BR and John Feinstein sharing the same masthead, though.