After reading this–and this–and this, I’ve come to a couple of conclusions.
1) So-called reputable journalists have completely forfeited their high horse when it comes to complaining about bloggers as a species of riffraff–they no longer have the right to lament bloggers’ slapdash sourcing, to deplore their invective and lack of couth, to act as if they’re civilized reporters forced to fend off laptop barbarians. No blogger has comported him or herself with the lazy arrogance and sloppy ethics of some of the Big Names in journalism (Bob Woodward, Judith Miller, Bob Novak), nor has done as much damage to the public’s right to know and their own profession.
I wonder if the Fourth Estate understands how deeply fucked up it is? The scandals in the press are only outnumbered by those in the Administration. And that is no accident, since the press is so entwined with this administration. Scum seeks its own level from all indications.