Thanks be to God for the decline of the newspaper industry and the rise of the blogosphere. As the guy who plays Mose Schrute said on the recent Costas Now, our democracy is much better off with many voices contributing. And Balls Deep is right; access is so overrated when we now have the internet. After all, it usually just corrupts the journalist.
I appreciate the fact that I have learned so much more about the war in Iraq with AaronGleeman.com’s embedded reporting from the Green Zone. And it is admirable that Deadspin too time out from gossiping about journalists and athletes to allocate resources to reporting on Tibet and the Beijing Olympics.
Even the Huffington Post interrupted its fact-checking to send a reporter to an otherwise mundane zoning meeting to break the news that agri-business received clearance to install more Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations close to groundwater, rivers and lakes in rural Minnesota.
Newspapers are a thing of the past. Access is important, but only when it is taking cell-phone pictures of Matt Leinart chugging beers with co-eds. Other than that I want my journalists to be regular guys like me: sitting on the couch eating nachos and making snarky comments. Our democracy depends on this “gut feeling” rather than expertise (or travel budgets). Look at our current commander-in-chief. There’s a guy who goes with his gut.