From Bruce Dowbiggin:
Blogs get Kaned: The question of whether independent bloggers should have equal status with mainstream media is a hot topic in the industry. But the alleged Patrick Kane robbery and battery of a cabby was not exactly a shining moment for the integrity of bloggers. The release of the police charges Monday morning brought an immediate torrent of abuse in the blogosphere for Kane, who was accused of beating a hapless Buffalo cabby for a 20-cent tip. Before Kane could explain his side, sites were saying “How could Kane be this stupid?…
Patrick Kane is a stuck-up, rich, spoiled, bratty punk… this punk kid needs a ass beating… The best possible light for Kane is that he is a mean drunk, a guy who is not above physically abusing a 62 year old man after a stupid prank went awry.” You get the flavour.
As far as I can tell “Patrick Kane is a stuck-up, rich, spoiled, bratty punk” is a comment on a thread at Operation Sports, which I’ve never heard of, “this punk kid needs a ass beating” is from the comments on a Yahoo story and “The best possible light for Kane is that he is a mean drunk, a guy who is not above physically abusing a 62 year old man after a stupid prank went awry” comes from Tom Benjamin.
I tend to agree with Dowbiggin’s broader point (I’ve told Mirtle that I thought his post on the subject was absurdly over the top) and think that people should take a wide view in situations like this – very few people look good when judged by the stupidest things that they’ve done. I’m still more than a little unimpressed that a guy bagging on the lack of integrity amongst bloggers managed to do only by padding his list of examples with a comment from a news story and a comment from a forum that I’ve never heard of.