Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: It's Impossible to Differentiate between the Media and the Public

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: It's Impossible to Differentiate between the Media and the Public

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P.D. Eastman wrote a charming book, published in 1960, titled, Are you my Mother?

You might remember it. Mommy bird leaves her egg in the nest and heads out to find a worm for breakfast. While she's gone, the egg hatches and the baby bird is dismayed to find his mother is missing. He goes in search of her, asking everything from a kitten to a power shovel (that's a backhoe if you're under 40), "Are you my mother?"

I won't ruin the ending, but it's happy. Unless you identify with the worm character, in which case the story's in a whole different genre.

The little bird is confused; he doesn't even know what his mother is supposed to look like.

Get to the point, you're thinking, or I shall put down The Journal Record and break out Green Eggs and Ham. Fair enough, Sam.

Here's the analogy: It has become darn hard to tell who is a member of The Media. It's pretty clear that a columnist for a century-old newspaper qualifies, so I'm in. Andy Rooney? Sure. Larry King? Yep. Same for all staff members of the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek and Time. And around here, you won't get any debate about Amy McCree or anyone named Ogle.

But what about Darren Currin? He's a former reporter who now writes a real estate column and blog, but makes his living doing commercial real estate research. Member of The Media? Maybe.

And how about the three semi-anonymous fellows over at TheLostOgle.com? They do a hilarious, poignant local blog in their spare time that a lot of people read. Are you my Media, Lost Oglers?

What of Doug Loudenback, the family law attorney who blogs about downtown Oklahoma City and the Thunder? Are you my Media, Doug?

How about the 16-year-old who blogs about his favorite band?

The issue became especially pertinent last week when The State Chamber, which lobbies on behalf of Oklahoma businesses, decided to host a candidate forum with our U. …

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