When US television network CBS presented explosive political documents without enquiring too closely as to their actual credibility, they unleashed a firestorm from US bloggers who quickly identified the documents as fakes. Soon enough, the ferment from political bloggers spread to the newspapers, and the CBS network was left reeling and its lead anchor, Dan Rather, had his reputation tarnished.
In the US media and political context, the blogosphere matters. In Australia, such an event is still rather difficult to imagine. With both Australia and the US in the full throes of an election campaign, it has been interesting to compare and contrast.
Is this merely because there is not the sheer weight of bloggers here? Does crikey.com.au take up much of the attention and energy that in the US goes into blogging? Is it the nature of the Westminster System vis-a-vis the Washington System?
I have no idea. What do you think?