Lebrecht is on record as attacking the accuracy of music reporting in the blogosphere. In his Evening Standard column he wrote that "Until bloggers deliver hard facts … paid for newspapers will continue to set the standard as the only show in town". Some bloggers used this statement to charge Lebrecht with hypocrisy in light of the Heymann settlement.The important issue is that we are all accountable to the same standard, whether bloggers, journalists, or historians, and have to answer to the consequences if we publish something incorrect or false. However, if a blogger is asked to retract, it can be done instantaneously through editing or deleting a post, whereas once a book is published, the process is much more difficult and the edition must be either reprinted with corrections or pulped.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I've just been cited as a source for the Wikipedia article on Norman Lebrecht (along with Bob Shingleton of On An Overgrown Path) regarding Mr. Lebrecht's statements regarding the classical music blogosphere's perceived lack of accuracy and subsequent comeuppance on the recent withdrawal of The Life and Death of Classical Music after alleged false statements about Naxos Records and Klaus Heymann: