*More* Google Bashing [3:13 pm]
Many publishers consider the Internet, and Google in particular, a greater threat to their livelihoods than Osama bin Laden. Among those who have taken particular offense at Google are some current and aspiring newspaper publishers, including Sam Zell whos in the process of buying Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, who once famously asked, “If all of the newspapers in America did not allow Google to steal their content, how profitable would Google be?”
[...] But Google now is doing yet another thing that’s bound to get under journalists’ skin. This month, it announced plans to let people and organizations comment on the stories written about them. [...]
There will be some valuable responses too, plugging holes in stories or correcting mistaken impressions. Google, however, won’t help readers separate the factual wheat from the public-relations chaff — a reminder that Google may strive to be the world’s index, but it’s not journalism.
Rebuttal from the Online Journalism Review: The L.A. Times tells its readers: ‘Shut up’
The Los Angeles Times this morning insulted its readers in a stunning editorial that compared Google with Osama bin Laden and showed why Times editors simply do not understand the medium that is growing to dominate the news publishing industry. [...]
[...] Smart news organizations need to be blowing up their old ways of producing journalism — not just publishing it, but reporting it as well — in order to better provide more accurate and insightful journalism to beat the increased competition from millions of new content publishers online. To do that, publishers need to hear fresh perspectives, from their employees… and from the public.
But what does The Times tell them with this editorial?