BLOG HYSTERIA….Michael Kinsley, a man reponsible as much as anyone for putting news on the internet, feels the need to riff not once, not twice, but three separate times in a recent column about the vile impact of blogs on the news industry:

Meanwhile, there is the blog terror: people are getting their understanding of the world from random lunatics riffing in their underwear….So are we doomed to get our news from some acned 12-year-old in his parents’ basement recycling rumors from the Internet echo chamber?….But there is room between the New York Times and for new forms that liberate journalism from its encrusted conceits while preserving its standards, like accuracy.

Are mainstream journalists really so shocked by the fact that bloggers sometimes use four letter words? And that some of them use their sites for political activism? Isn’t it time to grow up, guys?

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