Licensed to Smooch
The Obama regime, for whom too much is never enough, blundered badly by rifling through the Associated Press's telephone records; David Axelrod's crew obviously assumed that their "friends" in the MSM would stay friendly even if and when the administration double-crossed them. They were surprised when the sheep bit back, however mildly.
At the same time, as I wrote here a few days ago:
I do not think “citizen journalism” is necessarily the miracle cure some consider it to be. I spent a year conceiving and executing the website Big Journalism with, and for, [the late Andrew] Breitbart, and my greatest difficulty there was trying to make him see that not everything about traditional journalism was a leftist plot. (I totally failed.) Today there remain some websites on the right that I simply do not either believe or trust, and I expect you can figure out which ones those are: they are marked by amateurish writing, shoddy reporting, and misapprehension of facts and circumstances that more experienced hands would instantly grasp. Further, there is something called “news judgment” -- what is and what is not a story, which varies from editor to editor but which is vital to any institution, from the New York Times down to the lowliest blog, for it to have any credibility and influence.
But that's the price we pay for returning to a media world that the Founders themselves would very likely recognize: an opinionated, intellectual (and not-so-intellectual) free for all, from which -- if you accept Milton's proposition that truth emerges through the trying -- we can begin to discern the outlines of reality. As the saying goes, people tend to believe what they read in the newspaper unless they happen to know something about the event or subject under discussion: then, not so much. But the truth (minus the inexpert witnesses known as journalists and the interested parties known as sources) is out there.
A license to print under the beneficent watchfulness of Washington, though, is simply a license to smooch the bums of the watchers. No wonder folks turn away from "Journalists" with revulsion, and turn to Twitter when something, you know, actually happens. They may be temporarily ignorant, but they're not stupid.