The so-called citizen journalism of most blogs is an affront to those of us who believe reporting and attribution must precede publication.
Fact-checking is tedious; it often derails juicy rumor and deflates many a story.
Update. I should have mentioned, as a commenter suggests, that on balance the piece I quoted from isn’t that bad. For example:
Many of the old-timers were the first in their families to go to college, or they were hired straight out of high school or the military and worked their way up the newsroom ranks. It’s easier to see the stories of hard-working Americans and immigrants when they reflect the narratives of your own family, your own neighborhood.
By the 1990s, the landscape in newsrooms across the country clearly was changing. Longtime reporters and editors retired, and increasingly were replaced by second- and even third-generation college graduates who had little in common with “the underdog,” that handy euphemism we employ for those who suffer in silence and anonymity until we step in.
Some of us detected a growing resistance of newspapers to covering these stories.
The humble origins thing is a bit too BriWi/Tim Russert for me, but she makes an excellent point about where media sympathies now lie.