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Calling bloggers news media trophy hunters, The New York Times said “With the resignation Friday of a top news executive from CNN, bloggers have laid claim to a prominent media career for the second time in five months.”
Bloggers have indeed become media monitors, and the bottom line in this issue seems to be that CNN refuses to release a tape of the Eason Jordan complete remarks that fueled bloggers’ fire. They claim instead that Jordan’s statement that the military was killing journalists had been taken out of context.
There is a huge issue here: who has the right to report the news. It’s time for dead tree media to realize that the Internet they no longer have a lock on news. The days of the news embargo, the deep throat, the anonymous source are over. And good riddance to them.
Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine said “… why are some of these journalists attacking the bloggers with such spittle and spite, with the kind of invective they usually try to keep out of their columns?… Journalism is no longer the closed society of the gatekeepers. Journalism can no longer just lecture; now it must listen. News is freed from the limitations of paper and schedules and reporters’ pens. Journalists should welcome the help, for journalists should believe that more information yields a more informed society and that is our goal.”
Steve Lovelady, a former editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Wall Street Journal and now managing editor of CJR Daily, the Web site of The Columbia Journalism Review, has been among the most outspoken blog basher.
“The salivating morons who make up the lynch mob prevail,” he lamented online after Jordan’s resignation.