Blogs and Journalism

BLOGS AND JOURNALISM….Here’s the lead of Michael Hiltzik’s column in the Los Angeles Times this morning:

Mark A.R. Kleiman knew he was challenging liberal orthodoxy last week when he posted an item on his weblog headlined “Bring back the nukes!”

Hiltzik is one of the Times’ best columnists, and the fact that he’s not afraid to use blogs as an acknowledged source is to his credit. Blogs may be a sign of the journalistic apocalypse to some, but to smart journalists they’re yet another source of ideas to be mined and mulled over. Michael Hiltzik is a smart journalist.

On the other hand, he (or his editors?) could be a bit smarter still. How about a link to the original blog entry so that readers can see for themselves the comments that kicked things off in the first place?