surfisup1000: Every time some poor beneficiary wails about their predicament (usually politically motivated) whaleoil investigates the background and reported facts and he always finds the story to be a lie (I think that leaving out relevant facts is the same as lying). You just don't get that critical analysis from the papers.
Journalists call it being technically correct. What they are saying is not generally untrue, but it also isn't balanced out or given correct context by what they aren't saying.
jonathan18: And you would hold up Cameron Slater as the model of citizen journalism??!!
Sites like Whale Oil may serve a purpose as long as one acknowledges the writers and contributors have a particular axe to grind, and in no way are interested in presenting an un-jaundiced perspective. Slater falls into this category more than possibly any other (prominent) blog/site in this country - witness the relationship between him and Collins.