Credentialed Reporting

Slow news day so let’s look at the media.

David Wildstein is a blogger who everyone has settled on as the mastermind of Bridgegate. He now runs a blog that covers New Jersey and apparently just became a credentialed reporter, which some other credentialed reporters here are taking umbrage with:


Wildstein has his own issues with the media (specifically the Star Ledger which these days is editorializing for antitrust exemptions to goose profits) and he points out the hypocrisy.

And a respectful reminder that the Star-Ledger is a for-profit business, not that there’s anything wrong with that. The Newhouse family is probably not struggling financially.


The Star-Ledger wants Congress to pass a bill that would grant the news industry a “limited exemption” on federal anti-trust laws, so they can “band together and use their collective might to set a fairer price for the news they provide to Facebook and Google.”

A congressman from Rhode Island introduced the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act of 2018 last March.  Just one of his colleagues signed on as a co-sponsor; none of the twelve House members from New Jersey are on the bill, and no one from the New Jersey delegation serves on the committee that’s it’s languished in for the last seven months.

And one week before Election Day, the Star-Ledger says that “these solutions cannot wait.”

“At the time of year when we consume news at a voracious rate, this is an ideal moment to tell your Congressman that you care about the digital landscape and the future of news. Because our democracy, as (James) Madison predicted, depends on it more than ever.”

I check regularly to see if any stories on the pension crisis or Union County government sneak in. Though, if they do, it is usually a rewrite of some official proclamation (on pensions that is, county coverage is now all sports and the most salacious sex and crime stories). Would any extra money they get from being allowed to collude be spent on hiring a reporter who knows pensions or local government budgeting or will it be used to do more research on the best hot dog joints?

4 responses to this post.

  1. Yup. A lot of “reporting” is only lightly edited press releases. The guy did original reporting – why shouldn’t he get credentials?


  2. Posted by skip3house on October 31, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Newspapers USED TO expose political missteps by outrage and plain truth. No longer. We even used to know how County Tax Rates were calculated for various assessment ratios over each town, but no longer;
    Is anyone watching, or are all political promises leading to hell, as in Public Pensions/Rx/ ?


    • Around here the Westfield Leader has a reporter at freeholder meetings who prints what happens but hardly ever anything approaching investigation. This is a nod to another media scandal – legal ads – that keep a lot of newspapers going and mindful of the needs and wants of those who designate them newspapers of record.


    • Posted by MJ on November 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Well El Gaupo and others seem pretty secure in that they will be receiving their full pensions and life time health benefits


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