The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Big Media is unlinked - another dismal example
Looking at Campaign Desk, I see that Thomas Lang has a piece praising the LA Times for an article explaining the precedents on Presidential advisers testifying before Congress.
The Times piece makes reference to
A 2002 study by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service [which] found 20 instances in which presidential advisors summoned by Congress had testified and five in which the White House had refused requests.
Except the wretched rag fails to give a link to the CRS report in question.
Now, once upon a time, CRS reports were available on the site of Rep Mark Green. But they are there no longer. We peasants must scavenge for them on various sites . You'd have thought that Times - in such an excellent report - would have given us a bit of a hand.
Not even the damned title!
Fortunately, it does identify one of the advisors involved as Mr Copy/Paste himself, Zbigniew Brzezinski...
I can therefore reveal (!) that the work in question is Presidential Advisers' Testimony Before Congressional Committees: A Brief Overview dated April 5 2002 (RL31351), available on the FAS site (PDF).
There are regularly pieces from bloggers like J-guru Jay Rosen, and articles in the CJR, OJR, AJR and elsewhere, on the Brave New World of media, with new gizmos, new ways of production, marketing and what not: but here is a tiny way of putting to good use the basic functionality of hyperlinking to help readers to a greater understanding of the story.
And - nada.
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