It seems that the ordinary media is catching up with the bloggers; note this from the Washington Post (title: "Expert Cited by CBS Says He Didn’t Authenticate Papers"). It will open the floodgates. Also see John Podhoretz. I am told that Dan Rather defended himself both last night and this morning. But Newsweek and others are already working on the story. Although they have been pushed into it--a little late--but they are now in it. It’s over for Dan and whatever moral authority he once had, thanks to the guys in pajamas.
This event has really brought the power of the alternative blogging media to the forefront. Last nights Scarborough Country was mostly devoted to the affair and the issue of blogging. If nothing else, the disaster for Rather has undermined the objectivity and reliability of the mainstream media, and blogging has shown itself to be capable of revealing the truth. This is not a blanket assertion for every story of course, but it does show the power of blogging and ordinary people to question the media and rule ourselves. It also represents a changing paradigm about how news is done.