Today’s Wall Street Journal featured an interesting opinion piece from its former publisher L. Gordon Crovitz about the scandal that wasn’t. I am, of course, talking about the Los Angeles Times story about Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski wherein the paper accused the judge of peddling pornography. Mr. Crovitz discusses how bloggers got right what the Times did not, and he goes on to discuss different aspects of the article that were discredited by bloggers, a group that included his wife. The article certainly paints an interesting picture of the changing media landscape, where blogging and the internet as a whole have allowed citizens to become journalists, and where old media cannot assume that readers will take them at their word.
The article, “Smearing Judge Kozinski,” which appeared in the Information Age column of June 23’s Wall Street Journal, can be found here.