Media coverage of Patch, as I mentioned in a post yesterday, has spent less time on Patch’s possibilities than on its drawbacks — like overworked editors, a business model that’s losing lots of money, suspect traffic.
The negativity burdens AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, who told me yesterday in an interview: “I understand the fact that Patch is not popular with the media. I think your company and a lot of other companies have tried to do local or pulled back because it’s difficult to do. Opportunities are opportunities because it’s hard to figure out how to do them.” And that’s what Patch is doing, he concluded.
There’s good and bad here.
Good: The CEO has a point in that the negative stories have often been a bit gleeful in tone, almost celebrating this enormous venture’s stumbles in gaining its sea legs. I myself am guilty here (and I got hammered on Twitter).
Bad: Armstrong needs to measure his words a bit more. He appears to stating that The Washington Post has “tried to do local,” which is a lot like saying Keith Richards “tried” cocaine.