Not every journalist....
....thinks thinks blogs are bad. Some are actually excited about them.
Bloggers are the best thing that has ever happened to journalism.In life, when someone is good at what they do and loves it, they never feel threatened by competition or criticism. In fact they welcome criticism because they see it as an opportunity to learn and grow in their profession.
They make a good reporter look better. They expose the phonies, the poseurs, the fast-writing conmen, with the speed of light.
They give the journalist a greater access to more information and informational context than ever before.
They provide swift exposure to varied points of view, and, most importantly, a constant, sometimes rough, but always important gauge of a reporter's skill, judgment, industriousness and integrity.
Never before has weak reporting, biased reporting, dishonest reporting, or lazy reporting been more swiftly exposed.
Indeed, the whole idea of whether journalism is indeed a profession -- or just a happy combination of craft, curiosity, cleverness and confidence tricks -- is being tested for the first time out there in the ether.
As a semi-retired veteran of what we long ago called "the newspaper game," I find the whole advent of the blogs exhilarating. They have made the game more exciting and challenging than ever.
Ralph Bennett was obviously a good journalist.