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What utter bullshit- to use a word journalists should use often.
\nI’ll tell you two stories.
\nThere was journalist- they aren’t called that, they are called reporters- who was woken up and told to attend night court, which he really didn’t want to do, because a) it was at night, and 2) he really thought he was above that sort of thing, having been with his newspaper for a couple of years. Night court was for the new reporters who needed seasoning. But he went. It was his job. Once there he found duty counsel, or whatever its American equivalent is- wasn’t needed. Some people being charged had hired their own lawyer. That was unusual. His ears perked up. He went in and listened to their appearance before a judge. It turned out that not one, but five people had been charged with burglary. The judge asked one of those charged where he was employed. The man said he was retired from government service. What service? the judged asked. CIA, the man answered. The reporter, Bob Woodward, moved up to the front. So began the Washington Post’s coverage of Watergate.
\nJournalists go to subdivision development appeal board hearings and attend civil suits where bloggers don’t go. They have no interest. That’s how it’s discovered a toxic waste pond is planned to too close to a school or a lawsuit will crush the rights of students, for example, from being able to sue post-secondary institutions.
\nMy second story is less interesting. I’ve covered so many of those meetings if I added all the time up I’m sure I would be owed a second life. You know how many bloggers and interested citizens were there to give their tweets or equivalent to the world. None.
\nBloggers and citizens with iphones will tap out for internet broadcast when things go bang and boom and how some celebrity is doing with her baby bump. They will give opinions about dog poo on their lawn or the price of gas or if there cul-de-sac is not cleared of snow, or if that movie star should have slept with that other movie star.
\nBut in civil courtrooms and never-ending municipal meetings where you have to be there for the meat of the news, you will need journalists, however they are paid.<\/p>\n\t\t\t\t\t<\/div>\n\t\t\t\t\t