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Who Broke The UK Terror Story?

I'll have to admit, when I read the following claim from Dave Winer (repeated elsewhere) I was intrigued:

Yesterday we got the scoop on the news of the terrorist threat from a blogger, Doc Searls. He beat the mainstream reporters, who were (presumably) waiting for official word from the governments, because he was there, at Logan Airport, experiencing the event first-hand.

Of course the fact it's complete nonsense seriously detracts from Winer's blatant display of blogger triumphantalism...

At 3:49 AM ET Wizbang was already linking to numerous wire reports that the terrorist ring had been busted. By 4:30 AM ET Lorie Byrd was already three updates into the story and recapping SkyNews, BBC, MSNBC, and Fox coverage; and there had already been two early morning news conferences in Britain.

While it's possible Searls was the first to note the ripple of flight delays due to increased screening at US airports, in no sense did he "break" the terrorism story, nor did he "beat" mainstream reporters. The whole story was, at that point, at least an hour old and being heavily reported before he ever fired up his laptop. The story was being reported exactly where one would expect it to be reported - in the UK - and Lorie was in the right place (awake) at the right time (the middle of the night) to disseminate information form news outlets like the BBC and SkyNews.

Trying to claim the UK Terror story as a triumph of blogging over the mainstream media is ridiculous, which is why I was unsurprised to see Winner attempt such a feat....


Comments (10)

Kevin...from Doc's website:... (Below threshold)
Zuke:

Kevin...from Doc's website:

"Something bad happened (they won't tell us), and now the TSA won't let you carry any liquids, gels, pastes or fluids of any kind (pens?) through security checkpoints. Gotta check your medicines, sunblock, water bottels, whatever. This directive went down this morning (it's 4:30am here at Logan in Boston) and has caused a huge backup at the ticket counters and the security checkpoints. I'm sure it's just as bad everywhere, though I haven't looked at any of the news sources yet. (I think I'm at the leading edge of the news, sort of, right here.)"

3:49 AM ET is 0849 in the UK. He was writing at 0430 in the UK.

Disregard...I'm stupid.... (Below threshold)
Zuke:

Disregard...I'm stupid.

I misread his post and substituted Logan for Luton (in the UK) in my small pea-brain.

Sorry Kevin

What? Repeating about writ... (Below threshold)
Bloodstomper:

What? Repeating about writing about blogging about what has already been reported by reputable news organizations is what you boneheads are reduced to writin' about on your "informed" blogs?

With the UK actually defeating real terrorism while the US--thanks to the idiots who defrauded us into being cursed with the Bush/Cheney f**ktard fiasco ("How can 59054087 people be so DUMB?")--continues to spiral out of control, I'm surprised you "pea-brains" aren't ranting about what you know best: Porn.

That's all you got Bloodsto... (Below threshold)
Marc:

That's all you got Bloodstomper?

Name calling contained in a childish rant? Not to mention off topic.

So tell us smart guy, what would you do to fight terrorism?

The question is not - Who B... (Below threshold)
ClearwaterConservative:

The question is not - Who Broke The UK Terror Story? - but instead -What Are We Going To Do About The UK Terror Story? This plot seems to have been real (unlike the recent one in Miami).

With so many soldiers in Iraq and so much money being spent there I don't see how there is anyone or any money left to effectively prepare ourselves here.

Doesn't it make sense to bring our soldiers home (who are currently babysitting the Iraqis while they have a civil war).

Kevin, the word is triumpha... (Below threshold)
Village Idiot:

Kevin, the word is triumphalism, not triumphantalism. Might not mean what you think also, so double check a dictionary.

His name is Dave Winer, not... (Below threshold)

His name is Dave Winer, not Winner.

Thanks Charlie. VI, I've s... (Below threshold)

Thanks Charlie. VI, I've see both used, thought neither sound quite right to me...

I think we should help paki... (Below threshold)
ZAVERIA:

I think we should help pakistan bust this terror plots. Pakistan is doing well by helping the internatiional community. they are the real saviours of the world now. Whereever there is any terriorism news pakistan name is there. but they are nice people ,india is stupid ,always blaming them .

I think we should help paki... (Below threshold)
ZAVERIA:

I think we should help pakistan bust this terror plots. Pakistan is doing well by helping the internatiional community. they are the real saviours of the world now. Whereever there is any terriorism news pakistan name is there. but they are nice people ,india is stupid ,always blaming them .




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