A couple of weeks ago, TPMMuckraker noticed a strange blog on Cincinatti.com called Grandma in Iraq that posts only upbeat and happy stories about Iraq. After a little investigative journalism (yes, some people still do that), TPMM found out that â€˜Grandmaâ€™ was really a public affairs officer for the U.S. army.
The Cincinnati Enquirer (owner of Cincinnati.com), got bombarded with letters and e-mails. Within two days, they changed the top title of Suzanne â€˜Grandmaâ€™ Fournierâ€™s blog to show her true employment.
Suzanneâ€™s defense? The Cincinnati Enquirer apparently published her role in previous installments of their newspaper. That of course makes it okay because every time I visit a new blog I search for the personâ€™s name in every local paper to find out their real identity.
I guess the Enquirer apparently think journalism is about publishing what the government writes under false guises instead of, oh, I donâ€™t know, asking questions, reporting, and the like.