Old media raises a fuss over web aggregators


Andrew W. Griffin
Oklahoma Watchdog
September 24, 2010

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It must sting a little bit for the “old media” to see the growing trend of news-and-information seekers going to websites like the Drudge Report, The Huffington Post, WorldNetDaily, Infowars and, dare I say it, Oklahoma Watchdog, when they seek hard-hitting news stories.

Indeed that “sting” has chafed Leonard Downie Jr., the former executive editor and current vice president-at-large of The Washington Post. The Post, a paper that seems to live in the past, has a website that has been trounced by the more popular Huffington Post, a left-leaning news and entertainment website. HuffPo also blew past The New York Times website in terms of traffic earlier this year.

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Downie does not like the above-mentioned websites. At a lecture in London, which addressed “old media vs. new media,” Downie sounded a bit annoyed about news aggregators, calling them “parasites living off journalism produced by others.”

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