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Correct Me If I'm Wrong :: San Francisco Chronicle

Podcasts are just one way that newspapers are trying to enhance their news delivery. But, the San Francisco Chronicle, on their SFGate.com site, is taking the idea one step further. Talk about consumer generated media, SFGate.com now offers an Open Mic Line for readers – Correct Me If I’m Wrong and many other podcasts.

Correct Me If I’m Wrong is actually a category (or channel, as they call them) in their larger Chronicle Podcasts blog.

There is a very funny example of how this tactic can turn viral and have other readers take the audio and do that CGM thang’ – consumer generated media. One person’s telephone rant about the use of the phrase “pilotless drone” (mp3) has been turned into videos on YouTube. See the YouTube group with two videos.

Visit Correct Me If I’m Wrong…: “Pilotless Drone”

Now, that was good, but there is more.

I listened to the most recent post and found a slur against Alabama. Just couldn’t resist sharing it with you. :) The latest was Open Mic: Your thoughts on the Newsom Affair? Speak your mind!


It refers to an affair San Francisco’s Mayor, Gavin Newsom, had with his campaign manager’s wife.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s re-election campaign manager resigned Wednesday after confronting the mayor about an affair Newsom had with his wife while she worked in the mayor’s office, City Hall sources said.

That podcast alone drew in 222 comments, to date. Since I first saw it, there are now a few more posts / podcasts about it.

In that long mix of all sorts of responses (mp3), we find the fourth entry. It comes from Kevin.

Oh, you know Kevin. We’ve all met a Kevin along the way, haven’t we? I’m speaking of those holier-than-thou know-it-alls that love to ascribe all bad characteristics to southerners. Kevin thinks that the paper’s coverage of the affair is unimportant. Well, I’m not going to argue that one way or the other.

What got me was Kevin’s rationale (a kind word, to be sure) for why these enlightened San Franciscan’s shouldn’t be going on about sex affairs by their politicians. Kevin believes that sex affairs, adultery, being unfaithful are exclusive to citizens of the great state of Alabama. Hear the brief excerpt of just his audio below.

Kevin says, “…this is San Francisco, not Alabama. We should be be holding ourselves to a higher standard of what’s important in life.”

Gee, Kevin. You mean like not blindly ascribing stereotypes to a state, city or geographic region? That kind of higher standard, Kevin? ;)

Oh, no big deal I guess. Not like we haven’t been zinged for all manner of things by goobers before. Right?

Still. Kevin, you give the word ignorant – a bad name. Really.

Source: Thanks to Pat Walters, at PoynterOnline, for his article on SFGate’s podcasts.