Over in the Guardian‘s blogging section there’s an interesting question about whether professional blogs need to try harder for accuracy. I’m not a professional blogger, I’m not a journalist and so I don’t really have a major opinion about this, but I will say one thing:

So often when I read a mainstream media story about something that I know about, it scares me how vague, inaccurate or downright fabricated it is.

It makes you wonder if the accuracy is similar in those articles where you DON’T know the background or the reality. Fact-checking for the mainstream media appears to just consist of calling up some intern in the office in question and getting them to agree to your representation of events. I’m not sure that this is something anyone should be aspiring to mimic.