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The case for blogs

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There's an energetic newspaper war underway in Northwest Arkansas. Big staffs produce mountains of local news reporting. Recently, that included accounts of an independent poll on whether to sell the existing Fayetteville High School. The fellow who commissioned the poll wants to sell the high school. Surprise, he interpreted the results -- with the help of great exaggeration -- as favorable to his cause.

But here's what's really fun, thanks to the fiery Iconoclast. The poll was depicted as a survey of "involved" voters. The fellow who did the poll -- who's so worried about this huge public issue -- has skipped vote after vote on school and other issues. The Iconoclast's analysis and additional reporting are good examples of the value of many web voices. We'll even forgive the Iconoclast's lamentable soft spot for Mike Masterson.

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