GOSSIP….There are many scary things about modern journalism, but surely this one belongs on the list:

The real-time pace of Internet gossip has made it difficult for newspaper gossip columnists to stay ahead of the curve. [Gossip columnist Richard] Leiby said that many people in the Post newsroom monitored Wonkette.com, a Washington blog, all day long. “She often has the lead on me because she’s in real time,” he said.

“Many” people in the Post newsroom monitor Wonkette “all day long”? Sheesh. Wonkette isn’t even a very good gossip writer, let alone someone worth monitoring continuously. Is that really the best the Post newsroom can do?

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