Oh my, how fast things move in the age of the blogosphere:
Our source says [Susan] Roesgen received an avalanche of email messages, some supportive, and some “vitriolic with crude insults.”
CNN denies reports that Roesgen’s email was shut down. A spokesperson tells TVNewser many people were emailing what they believed to be Roesgen’s CNN account, but it was actually a non-existent inbox. Her email account was and continues to be active.
So far Roesgen is not talking publicly about the situation. CNN tells us she’s now on a previously-planned vacation./blockquote>
Previously planned as in “earlier today.”
It once again proves that the blogosphere has changed the rules of the news and reporting game. I am currently reading Hugh Hewitt’s book “Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation that’s Changing Your World” – it was first published in 2005, but it is – in some ways at least – still relevant. The MSM still do everything in their power to ignore the blogosphere and to minimize its influence, while they are losing viewers and newspapers especially are losing subscribers faster than ever before.
Hewitt explains just how much the rules of the game have changed due to blogs by focusing on several controversies such as Rathergate (also known as Memogate). Several blogs jump on a particular subject, Hewitt writes, thereby causing an avalanche of attention for a particular person or item. This happens so fast – without any coordination – that mainstream journalists have no time to deal with it. They are overwhelmed. It only takes one or two days before a journalist has to ‘go on vacation’ and / or apologize. The journalist seldom knows what happened and how.
That is precisely what happened to Susan Roesgen. She thought she could get away with her biased reporting because she underestimated the power of the blogosphere. Not once did she realize that everything she said could and would be used against her and the network she works for.
Perhaps she should read “Blog.” It may teach her a very valuable lesson: blogs will hold you accountable for everything you do. Both on, and off camera.