Glenn Reynolds explains in brief why the old media monopoly on news is over: "For a long time, huge entry costs other economic and technological factors meant that you pretty much had to be Big Media to be any kind of media at all. Now anyone can enter and compete, and even if they don’t take a lot of market share away from Big Media folks, the threat of this sort of competition is likely to have a potent impact." In part, this has to do with the internet, and bloggers.
And note this example of the deceitful big media that Ann Coulter brings up, and Mickey Kaus comments on. Who is Greg Packer? He is quoted, as a random man on the street interview over 100 times in different stories unrelated to one another by everyone from The New York Times, USA Today, etc. Fascinating, and with Coulters column, the bloggers are going to run with it, and pretty soon even big media will have to report on it.
This article might clear things up for you.
This is a case of journalistic laziness on the New York presss part, and surprise, surprise, on Ann Coulters part. Greg Packers at every important New York event and the press know hes always good for a quote. Ann is trying to create a SCLM conspiracy where one doesnt exist. She knows the yahoos who read her column religiously dont know any better.
Greg Packer’s at every important New York event and the press know he’s always good for a liberal quote.
Hes a safe, known liberal opinion - labeled as an average man on the street.
Just what weve come to expect from the NYT.