In response to the article that refers to most bloggers as "sitting in the stands and cheering" while a few hundred have "journalistic, lawyer-like experience", I would respond to that by saying your characterization is a little off the mark in my book. While some of us don't carry the "credentials" and don't pretend to demand the attention of the likes of Powerline, Captain Ed, Michelle, and the like, we are not "sitting in the stands".
May I repeat that? (or is this not journalistic prowess)
WE ARE NOT SITTING IN THE STANDS!!
Searching for the truth and debating it with our "friends" on the left is no longer exclusive to the "credentialed" or for that matter to anyone. We do not profess to be "professionals", but many do their homework as diligently and as passionately as the "journalist" next door. Scanning twenty-plus MSM sites and a half dozen of our favorite blog sites before the crack of dawn, and then posting our own "little piece of wisdom" to our very own blog-sites gives most of us the satisfaction needed to sooth the ego, along with recording what we believe to be the debatable truth. Occasionally, some part of our research (over-looked by our journalistic professionals (JP's) is picked up and we get a pat on the back for being so diligent.
Most of us certainly don't do this for a living and have no desire to do so. I would like to think we all have a small stake in pursuit of the truth and the ability to use the " who, what, when, where, why and how" to authenicate it. I don't think I'm alone here, but I rarely think of myself as some one sitting in the stands. While Mr. Armor's article has merits defending this new world of bloggers, I believe the "food chain" may have had a few links cut off. Or maybe just missing.
posted by Rovin