Comment of the Day: Chron's Journatic Mistake Criticized

We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

On Tuesday, we learned that the Houston Chronicle had published stories provided to them by news outsourcer Journatic and some of them had fake bylines apparently designed to increase search engine rankings and protect writers from criticism. As usual, the commenters had a lot to say on the subject.

David Houston wrote:

The world's like one big starving artist's sale these days, everything's a cheap knock-off that was outsourced or originated very far away... $10 an hour is the going rate for almost any trade or specialization; with the line 'what you don't like it, well there are thousands of others who will be happy to work for that much...' And oddly enough there are...

There's no quality to any of it, but it was cheaply bought like those $9 boat sneakers from Mondomart - they don't quite fit but they'll do the job. CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP is the cry of today! But, you get exactly what you pay for, as the saying goes. No matter though, people have no sense of quality anymore, and quality newspapers are a thing of the past.

Oh and what a sad time for journalism, when the first port of call for any 'journalist' is now Facebook to see what sleazy things he/she can dredge up on the person in the story... Soon we'll reach the point where all news will come from the same sources, one mind, one editorial viewpoint, one agenda... Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Nachrichtenredakteur...

But I digress...

That's a pretty circuitous route to get to Nazis, David. Bravo.

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