Check your facts before blogging from the hip

Philip Young has posted about my earlier post about an alleged incident on the London Underground. Philip spoke to me before posting and has certainly made me think.

He comes at the issue from the perspective of an experienced ex-journalist who is used to checking facts – something which I failed to do and should have done. It isn’t about what did or didn’t happen, but it is about reminding ourselves of the importance of thinking more about what we blog about.

One of the major benefits of blogs is the speed and ease at which you can publish. It is also one of its greatest dangers.

When I first read Jackie’s post I thought about writing something, but didn’t. Later I read Tom Watson’s post on the same issue. And as I have some degree of trust and respect for Tom (despite his serious lapse of judgement earlier this year) I then posted on the same issue.