TIMES vs. POST SMACKDOWN….Jeff Alworth suggests that the Washington Post has replaced the New York Times as the blogosphere’s go-to newspaper:

While the Times has restricted its most read online content and restricted other internet-only content to its subscribers, the WaPo has gone the other direction. They’ve given print space to bloggers, covered bloggers in their media coverage, created their own blogs, and most alluring (to bloggers), they now have a little box on each page powered by Technorati that searches the net for blogs linking to the page.

I like the Post’s interactive stuff a lot, but I have to confess that basically I just want the news. I end up linking to interesting stories regardless of where they’re from, and I haven’t noticed a change lately in which paper I link to most often. (I link to the LA Times more than most bloggers, but that’s because it’s the one I read in newsprint every morning.)

So here’s an assignment for some aspiring PhD candidate: track the linking behavior of political blogs to the mainstream press over the past two or three years. Has it changed? Do we link less to the NYT than in the past? Has the advent of TimesSelect actually made a difference? We need facts and figures, baby, fact and figures!