It's a classic catch-22: you rip a lot of people, you tend to get more feedback. Praise someone's work and hardly a notice.
When I began this blog, the main purpose was to write about Bay Area media, the people, the stations, from radio, TV, the Internet, who work here. It has evolved to a much larger forum and garnered much more attention to which I'm grateful for and proud of, but I'd like it to be balanced.
Sure, raw is good. Especially raw, genuine honest criticism. And especially when its directed at those who mail it in and think they're local treasures. We've called them out and gone where nobody else will.
But there's still a lot of quality people in this market. Some get a lot of recognition. Many don't. And in fact, a majority of the really good ones would just as well keep it that way. I'd put people like Scott Ostler, Lowell Cohn, and Dana King into that category. They just do their job day in and day out.
With regards to Lowell, I like his work. He writes a tight, neat blog and his columns are mostly first-rate. Some of you disagree. Great. We move on. Ostler's pieces are terrific--Pulitzer material. They deserve high praise. Dana King is a hard worker and a dedicated TV journalist, and also happens to be a very nice person.
The people and stations that I rip are well known here in this corner. I'm trying to mix it up a bit which makes for a better, more consistent read. Too much negativity starts to get redundant which is not the m. o. here even though it generates more readership.
You get my drift.
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