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  •  Blogging is deeper than that (none)
    Actually, bloggers and commenters use standard news sources for breaking events, but so do most major media. If you've ever spent time in a newsroom, and I have, you will notice people pulling stuff of AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, NYT, and others, TV's always on in some part of the room, etc.

    But bloggers are far more willing to quote foreign news sources, even when US sources are carrying the same story, which gives them a broader view. Further, many bloggers and commenters have quite evident personal experience in and around government, or in foreign lands, or are foreigners.

    For instance, I just read a detailed reply to a comment I made about Quebeq, from a Canadian. I'd much rather have an informed Canadian layperson tell me about Canadian history than a US reporter putting a story together from a few wire items.

    Blogs such as this one are the sum total of literally thousands of individual life experiences all over the country and the globe. That's very powerful. Even in the best cases a newsroom is staffed overwhelmingly by a monoculture of people who went to journalism school.

    Let us rid ourselves of the fiction that low oil prices are somehow good for the United States.

    by M Aurelius on Wed May 26, 2004 at 07:54:30 AM PDT

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