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Bad Journalism Fights Back

28 January, 2005 (10:39) | Media

I’m thoroughly amused. The Colorado Daily not only printed an article based off my journal entry, but also an opinion piece calling me egotistical. I’m sorry, but didn’t I just write write an entry about my my arrogance?

I think I’ve finally hit the big time!

Oh, and watch out. They may get angry and print any comments you make here, so be very very careful. 😉

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  • Wow. Maybe it’s just me (I tend to find a little friendly arrogance kind of charming, at least when it’s well backed-up) but even that editorial sorta has me taking your side.

    I dunno. Lately it seems like all my LJ friends who work in broadcasting are under heavy ‘blog scrutiny. Why is it such a big deal if public figures have their own opinions about stuff?

  • Wow. Maybe it’s just me (I tend to find a little friendly arrogance kind of charming, at least when it’s well backed-up) but even that editorial sorta has me taking your side.

    I dunno. Lately it seems like all my LJ friends who work in broadcasting are under heavy ‘blog scrutiny. Why is it such a big deal if public figures have their own opinions about stuff?

  • I probably don’t have the whole story, but I fail to see what would be wrong about allotting the university a time slot for a public affairs show. I mean, obviously, they would have to find someone competent with radio… maybe they can’t find one. I dunno. From my uninformed standpoint, it seems to me like a compromise could be a good thing, no?

  • I probably don’t have the whole story, but I fail to see what would be wrong about allotting the university a time slot for a public affairs show. I mean, obviously, they would have to find someone competent with radio… maybe they can’t find one. I dunno. From my uninformed standpoint, it seems to me like a compromise could be a good thing, no?

  • Because opinions, especially good ones, breed dissent. And god knows, we don’t want people running around with their own opinions. 😛

  • Because opinions, especially good ones, breed dissent. And god knows, we don’t want people running around with their own opinions. 😛

  • You’re absolutely right. There’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, we’ve been working hard at getting a time slot allocated. The issue I had was at the request of a half-hour. Unfortunately, I’ve been asked not to comment on our discussions, but I can say that we’ve reached a solid compromise that both the station and the university higher-ups are comfortable with.

  • You’re absolutely right. There’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, we’ve been working hard at getting a time slot allocated. The issue I had was at the request of a half-hour. Unfortunately, I’ve been asked not to comment on our discussions, but I can say that we’ve reached a solid compromise that both the station and the university higher-ups are comfortable with.

  • hot damn, you’re all famous n’ shit. i guess this would be a bad place to talk about my collection of aborted fetus porn…

  • hot damn, you’re all famous n’ shit. i guess this would be a bad place to talk about my collection of aborted fetus porn…

  • Wow you’re famous!

    “….rumors, blogs and conversations form the jumping off point for news stories all the time….”

    Really? ’cause if that’s true, that’s just frightening….

    hope my entry about unkempt pubic hair never makes it to press!

    Good luck Ben…. There’s always the ‘friends-only’ option to keep trolls away…..

  • Wow you’re famous!

    “….rumors, blogs and conversations form the jumping off point for news stories all the time….”

    Really? ’cause if that’s true, that’s just frightening….

    hope my entry about unkempt pubic hair never makes it to press!

    Good luck Ben…. There’s always the ‘friends-only’ option to keep trolls away…..

  • So much for privacy, Dar. Wow..friends mode will continue to be my best friend.

  • So much for privacy, Dar. Wow..friends mode will continue to be my best friend.

  • No way. Aborted fetus porn is the best part of LJ!

  • No way. Aborted fetus porn is the best part of LJ!

  • I considered doing friends-only mode, but I don’t think I have anything to be ashamed of. My opinions are the same on here as they are face to face. If someone calls me up and asks me to comment on something, it’ll be no different from what I say here.

    I will not be shamed, scared, or threatened into censoring myself.

  • I considered doing friends-only mode, but I don’t think I have anything to be ashamed of. My opinions are the same on here as they are face to face. If someone calls me up and asks me to comment on something, it’ll be no different from what I say here.

    I will not be shamed, scared, or threatened into censoring myself.

  • THE COLORADO DAILY TOUCHED MY PEE PEE!!!

  • THE COLORADO DAILY TOUCHED MY PEE PEE!!!

  • If your interested, here’s the email I sent them in response:

    Colorado Daily,

    I’m both flattered and bemused that you chose to use my LiveJournal (username bassist) as a source for your recent article entitled Strong Signal (1/28/05). Still, I find it ironic that your article and op/ed piece (Time for KVCU to grow up) were based on my LiveJournal, especially considering the entry in question was a critique in your choice in sources.

    I wouldn’t consider my LiveJournal a viable news source, just as I wouldn’t consider an alien abduction website the pinnacle of scientific fact. If your first article (Will KVCU Move) seemed poorly researched, then basing an article on my LiveJournal can’t be much of a step upward.

    I sincerely hope the reputation of your fine publication isn’t tarnished by your choice in sources, and I wish you the best of luck in continuing this upward trend in journalistic integrity.

    Sincerely yours,

    Ben Roberts

  • If your interested, here’s the email I sent them in response:

    Colorado Daily,

    I’m both flattered and bemused that you chose to use my LiveJournal (username bassist) as a source for your recent article entitled Strong Signal (1/28/05). Still, I find it ironic that your article and op/ed piece (Time for KVCU to grow up) were based on my LiveJournal, especially considering the entry in question was a critique in your choice in sources.

    I wouldn’t consider my LiveJournal a viable news source, just as I wouldn’t consider an alien abduction website the pinnacle of scientific fact. If your first article (Will KVCU Move) seemed poorly researched, then basing an article on my LiveJournal can’t be much of a step upward.

    I sincerely hope the reputation of your fine publication isn’t tarnished by your choice in sources, and I wish you the best of luck in continuing this upward trend in journalistic integrity.

    Sincerely yours,

    Ben Roberts

  • hah. nice response.

    but now that they have told your screen name to everyone, people like me can stalk you.
    actually, no, I am just kidding. I’ve seen your name floating around on LJ before, and I used to work at the station myself.

    🙂

  • hah. nice response.

    but now that they have told your screen name to everyone, people like me can stalk you.
    actually, no, I am just kidding. I’ve seen your name floating around on LJ before, and I used to work at the station myself.

    🙂

  • I actually went to a party at your apartment your freshman year. How come you’re not at the station anymore?

  • I actually went to a party at your apartment your freshman year. How come you’re not at the station anymore?

  • Bwahahaha

    here they come!

  • Bwahahaha

    here they come!

  • even if you’re ok with them publishing your comments, the fact that they put both your full name and livejournal info as well as Stephanie’s out there is not cool… I know livejournal is public, but who’s posting as who is somewhat confidential….. You at least have the option of giving that info out or not usually… Can you say invasion of privacy?

    Nice response though! Although you’ll probably see it on the front page of tomorrow’s paper….
    “Ben Roberts doesn’t like my articles! WAAHHHH!!!”

  • even if you’re ok with them publishing your comments, the fact that they put both your full name and livejournal info as well as Stephanie’s out there is not cool… I know livejournal is public, but who’s posting as who is somewhat confidential….. You at least have the option of giving that info out or not usually… Can you say invasion of privacy?

    Nice response though! Although you’ll probably see it on the front page of tomorrow’s paper….
    “Ben Roberts doesn’t like my articles! WAAHHHH!!!”

  • Nice!

  • Nice!

  • Ooooh, BURN!

    Good stuff.

  • Ooooh, BURN!

    Good stuff.

  • Hey.

    So, I read the article in the daily and since I sat on UCSU for two years, I thought I would shoot you a comment.

    a) last year, the college republicans submitted my blog as a press release to the Daily when i was in UCSU. luckily for me there wasn’t an article about it. i think writing articles about opinions people put on their blogs is a little ridiculous. 🙂

    b) i do not think it is ridiculous for UCSU to ask for airtime. while you claim they know nothing about radio, i think this goes both ways and maybe some folks at KVCU (yourself included?) don’t know about UCSU. To call them the higher ups and whatnot is a little ridiculous considering that everyone in student government is a student and they don’t answer to any administrators, whatsoever. I was on UCSU, and listen to radio 1190, but one of the concerns always brought up was having UCSU airtime on KVCU to inform students about things that are important (although, i can’t guarantee the current UCSUers know what’s important or not). While those in UCSU may not know the ‘vibe’ of the radio station, they do understand that the radio is a means for communication, and I personally think it’s particularly important for students to be informed of things like how the budget cuts are going to impact their access to education, how to be effective at the state and federal levels, how to get involved in stopping tuition increases, budget cuts, attacks on student speech, etc. If radio 1190 is another way to get to students, then I think that it’s not a bad idea to let UCSU have some time to talk to students. If students don’t actually listen to the radi station, as some folks claimed, then maybe it’s time for UCSU and the University to stop funding it entirely. While I actually don’t wish for this to happen at all, I think it’s ironic that the comments were like “students don’t listen to us anyway.” Then why do you still want to request student and university money?

    Additionally, Radio 1190 is included in the Constitution of the UCSU as a cost-center of the students. the radio station is run by the students, and the supervisor of the radio station is the student government (students), who communicate with the director of radio 1190 and set the budget. Fortunately, or unfortunately, this is the way it is, but having a student run radio station is not a small feat and luckily, UCSU has the autonomy to fund 1190, or it might not exist, in my opinion.

    Anyway, that’s my two cents.

    Pinky

  • Hey.

    So, I read the article in the daily and since I sat on UCSU for two years, I thought I would shoot you a comment.

    a) last year, the college republicans submitted my blog as a press release to the Daily when i was in UCSU. luckily for me there wasn’t an article about it. i think writing articles about opinions people put on their blogs is a little ridiculous. 🙂

    b) i do not think it is ridiculous for UCSU to ask for airtime. while you claim they know nothing about radio, i think this goes both ways and maybe some folks at KVCU (yourself included?) don’t know about UCSU. To call them the higher ups and whatnot is a little ridiculous considering that everyone in student government is a student and they don’t answer to any administrators, whatsoever. I was on UCSU, and listen to radio 1190, but one of the concerns always brought up was having UCSU airtime on KVCU to inform students about things that are important (although, i can’t guarantee the current UCSUers know what’s important or not). While those in UCSU may not know the ‘vibe’ of the radio station, they do understand that the radio is a means for communication, and I personally think it’s particularly important for students to be informed of things like how the budget cuts are going to impact their access to education, how to be effective at the state and federal levels, how to get involved in stopping tuition increases, budget cuts, attacks on student speech, etc. If radio 1190 is another way to get to students, then I think that it’s not a bad idea to let UCSU have some time to talk to students. If students don’t actually listen to the radi station, as some folks claimed, then maybe it’s time for UCSU and the University to stop funding it entirely. While I actually don’t wish for this to happen at all, I think it’s ironic that the comments were like “students don’t listen to us anyway.” Then why do you still want to request student and university money?

    Additionally, Radio 1190 is included in the Constitution of the UCSU as a cost-center of the students. the radio station is run by the students, and the supervisor of the radio station is the student government (students), who communicate with the director of radio 1190 and set the budget. Fortunately, or unfortunately, this is the way it is, but having a student run radio station is not a small feat and luckily, UCSU has the autonomy to fund 1190, or it might not exist, in my opinion.

    Anyway, that’s my two cents.

    Pinky

  • My Livejournal has links that allow people to figure out who I am. In addition, I provide links elsewhere to my Livejournal. Therefore, it’s public knowledge if you do a little digging.

  • My Livejournal has links that allow people to figure out who I am. In addition, I provide links elsewhere to my Livejournal. Therefore, it’s public knowledge if you do a little digging.

  • Thanks for commenting. I agree with most of what you said. As I said to above, we’ve been working hard at getting a time slot allocated for UCSU. The issue I had was at the amount of time requested, not at the request of a slot. Unfortunately, I’ve been asked not to comment on our discussions, but I can say that we’ve reached a solid compromise that both the station and the university higher-ups are comfortable with.

    On the issues of students listening: We are meant for students to listen to, and many do listen. We have a good student following, but it’s still a minority of the student populace. I often feel that most of the students who listen either volunteer here or are friends of volunteers. The vast majority of students seem to prefer mainstream corporate radio, which is exactly what we’re not. Meanwhile, with a student populace of 25,000 and a listenership of nearly 60,000, there are more non-students listening than students. This doesn’t mean we’re not here for students to listen to. This means our primary audience, whether or not we want it, isn’t students. And that assumes that all 25,000 students are listening, while I would estimate that number at closer to 5,000. The students are an essential part of the station, and, as I said in the entry quoted, I don’t ever want this station to separate from the student populace.

  • Thanks for commenting. I agree with most of what you said. As I said to above, we’ve been working hard at getting a time slot allocated for UCSU. The issue I had was at the amount of time requested, not at the request of a slot. Unfortunately, I’ve been asked not to comment on our discussions, but I can say that we’ve reached a solid compromise that both the station and the university higher-ups are comfortable with.

    On the issues of students listening: We are meant for students to listen to, and many do listen. We have a good student following, but it’s still a minority of the student populace. I often feel that most of the students who listen either volunteer here or are friends of volunteers. The vast majority of students seem to prefer mainstream corporate radio, which is exactly what we’re not. Meanwhile, with a student populace of 25,000 and a listenership of nearly 60,000, there are more non-students listening than students. This doesn’t mean we’re not here for students to listen to. This means our primary audience, whether or not we want it, isn’t students. And that assumes that all 25,000 students are listening, while I would estimate that number at closer to 5,000. The students are an essential part of the station, and, as I said in the entry quoted, I don’t ever want this station to separate from the student populace.

  • I think that’s awesome that they actually found your livejournal and quoted it. Your posts are generally intelligent, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Maybe you want to make your meme’ friends only now though 🙂 lol

  • I think that’s awesome that they actually found your livejournal and quoted it. Your posts are generally intelligent, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Maybe you want to make your meme’ friends only now though 🙂 lol

  • Well, I am there in spirit. I am obviously still subscribed to the email list, and every now and then I sub for someone. But I am now graduated and don’t really have the kind of time I used to have a few years back.

    Sidenote:
    Wow, that had to be the single worst party I ever threw. Really, it was pathetic beyond belief and I am so sorry you came. I mean, not that you came, but that you had to see that. haha. wow. (that was my sophomore year though)

  • Well, I am there in spirit. I am obviously still subscribed to the email list, and every now and then I sub for someone. But I am now graduated and don’t really have the kind of time I used to have a few years back.

    Sidenote:
    Wow, that had to be the single worst party I ever threw. Really, it was pathetic beyond belief and I am so sorry you came. I mean, not that you came, but that you had to see that. haha. wow. (that was my sophomore year though)

  • i totally agree 🙂

    anyway, i still think it’s totally ludicrous that news is made by opinions on blogs on KVCU vs UCSU, but what can you expect from the DAILY?

    that reminds me that i should probably go delete a post on my lj.

  • i totally agree 🙂

    anyway, i still think it’s totally ludicrous that news is made by opinions on blogs on KVCU vs UCSU, but what can you expect from the DAILY?

    that reminds me that i should probably go delete a post on my lj.

  • I admit, it was a weak party, but I’ve been to weaker ones. Anyway, I enjoyed myself, though it was odd watching your friends play with that geometric object.

  • I admit, it was a weak party, but I’ve been to weaker ones. Anyway, I enjoyed myself, though it was odd watching your friends play with that geometric object.