The Less Popular Bloggers Are Whining … Again November 30, 2007Posted by fitsnews in The Press.
WE’RE SO MISUNDERSTOOD, PEOPLE
FITSNews – November 30, 2007 – We make no apologies for our irreverent approach to politics and pop culture here at FITSNews. We call it like we see it and try to have fun, and sometimes that approach rubs people the wrong way. Like this chick, who apparently can’t decide if she wants to shoot Sic Willie or have his babies:
I think FITSNews would admit that being loud and inflammatory is a blog-writing strategy over there. The irreverent, look-at-me approach gets him plenty of hits, I’m assuming. Throw up as much stuff as you can, put flashing neon lights around it, and see later if anything is accurate or has merit. It’s the wild west approach to blogging.
Sometimes what FITSNews publishes turns out to be right. I did give FITSNews full credit for the bar exam story on November 7. It took the State Newspaper two more days to even pick up the story, and I’m quite confident it never would have done so if FITSNews hadn’t exposed what happened.
She goes on to say, “how seriously can people take you when you’re sprinkling in all those provocative pictures of women to increase search engine hits and have a jokey tone about everything?” Aside from the glorious absence of subject-verb agreement in that sentence, let’s address this woman’s complaints head-on …
First of all, a sizeable percentage of the news we break gets picked up, like in this week’s Charleston City Paper (or last week’s Times of London), for example. We have no control over stuff like that, but we stand by our stories and we believe the atypically high rate at which our little website receive local, statewide, national and even international exposure speaks for itself.
Besides, if Time Magazine, Campaigns & Elections, New York Daily News, The Politico, Harpers Magazine and others like them think we’re credible, we could honestly give a rat’s rear end what a bunch of ass-backward local politicians and jealous South Carolina bloggers think.
Arrogant? Maybe just a little, but we’ve been told that’s part of our charm.
Second, our use of anonymous sources is a tried-and-true method of getting at what Don Henley called “the heart of the matter,” or what both Marvin Gaye and the 4 Non Blondes eloquently termed “what’s going on.” Those sources also the only reason South Carolina’s bar exam scandal ever broke in the first place, or for that matter the competitive grants scandal, or the Beattygate scandal, or any of the dozens of other stories we’ve written about that ended up exploding on the statewide political scene.
We also know of several stories we’ve broken that the mainstream media has verified but for whatever reason decided to sit on, which is fine with us considering our online traffic is starting to approach theirs, and it’s only going to keep rising, baby.
Again … just part of our charm.
Thirdly, what’s so wrong about having a little fun while attempting to educate, inform and persuade people? We know the mainstream press has a big ole stick up its butt with respect to the blogosphere, but people are sick of and tired of the canned corporate crap these people put out, and websites like this one represent the antidote to “news as usual.” Plus, we happen to enjoy celebrity gossip, sports, music and all the other non-political stuff we write about, so don’t hate us because we’ve got a sphere of interest that extends beyond the mind-numbingly lame blatherings of a bunch of windbags in cheap suits. Or in South Carolina’s case, nice overalls.
Simply put, if the fact that we love Lindsay Lohan or weep openly over a certain pro football team (and fantasy baseball team) end up getting us more visitors, whatever. We’ll take ’em. But just because you live and die by the presidential debate calendar and doesn’t mean we have to. There’s a whole world out there that’s got nothing to do with being sanctimonious, hypocritical and boring.
Finally, if you think we got something wrong or just hate our guts on principle, there’s a comment board. Say it. Tell us how you feel. Or shoot Sic Willie an e-mail over at his imaginary consulting firm … (email@example.com).
Lord knows he’s got plenty of free time on his hands …