Comments: "Howard Dean's 'smart ID' plan", and Declan McCullagh's "journalism"

I keep up with the technology press where it intersects with MacOS (the day job is developing content management systems). Matt Deatherage publishes some fine journals on the technology (

From MWJ_20020218, Deatherage quotes Dvorak:

I routinely take a contrarian's view to see where such a view leads. This
normally inspires debate, argument, and some antagonism. That's
kind of the idea, and my long-time readers know that I change my
mind a lot, too. And why not?

And then comments:

Why not? Let's start with the idea that changing your opinion to a
"contrarian" one just to stir up controversy is morally bankrupt.
Writing that you believe something you do not just to boost
discussion is the kind of cynical manipulation readers hate about
the media.

The evidence is mounting that McCullagh is a hack, even if he does believe his own nonsense.

Our political system and media have become so twisted, that bloggers are now experimenting with investigating (deconstructing) journalists. The early work seems rudimentary, but perhaps soon readers will be able to check a "consumer reports" on journalists.

What happened to journalistic ethics? Don't high-profile journalists belong to professional societies, where they would be expected to acknowledge a code of ethics...

Posted by sean broderick at January 28, 2004 12:53 AM

Spread the word: Declan McCullaugh invented the Internet. Every time you mention Declan, you must note this. Like so:

Declan McCullaugh (who famously invented the Internet) has posted a new stupid column.

Posted by Aaron Swartz at January 30, 2004 05:26 PM