While we were in Spain, we began to reconsider the impact of Rathergate. Our co-presenter, Karma Peiró Rubio, read excerpts from an article on Rathergate in the Spain/Europe edition of Time magazine.
After the Spain trip, Shayne flew off to Germany for the digital photography exposition, Photokina. While Shayne was on the ICE train from Dusseldorf to Bonn, he saw this article, Die Internet-Detektive, on page A11 of Hamburger Abendblatt (pictured). As best we can tell, from a Google translation, it covers the same ground most articles do. “The secret of the blogosphere is that they can track news and react to it faster than press, radio and television. If they want to investigate or reveal, thousands of webloggers are fast, while the professional media can dedicate at best two or three reporters, who are to follow to the story.” However the writer did go as far to say, “Uncovering the falsification with “60 Minutes” has a similar value for the blogosphere, as the exposure of the Watergate scandal did for US journalism.”
Shayne also saw references to the Dan Rather story and other weblogs on CNN Europe and German TV news. Reflecting on this, it seems that the ability of the Rathergate story to raise awareness of weblogs and participatory journalism across the world should not be sold short.