Political Jihad and the American Blog: Chris Satullo Raises the Stakes : PressThink

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Political Jihad and the American Blog: Chris Satullo Raises the Stakes

On September 26, in 668 precision words, Chris Satullo, editorial page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, significantly advanced a debate that Nick Coleman, Dan Rather, Alex Jones and others have trivialized by dumping on the bloggers from a “higher” position. Satullo abandons that, in favor of widening the circle. He says journalists should pay serious attention to bloggers. And he has a warning: Orwellians in the mist.

    A pizza-stained paper plate sat between Moulitsas and Atrios. Together, they have more readers than The Philadelphia Inquirer. — Matthew Klam, New York Times Magazine, Sep. 26. (NYTimes – registration required)

When journalists-go-after bloggers, op-ed style, they typically have one thing to say: these bloggers, they’re not real journalists. And they don’t have to meet our standards, so don’t trust them.

Also see this from Poynter Online:

What’s a Blogger? Not This …

It may be the subject of endless debate, but this definition today of bloggers by CBS Marketwatch columnist Bambi Francisco — “a group of nontraditional, make-your-own-rules-as-you-go journalists” — makes me more than a little nervous.

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