Newsweek’s Howard Fineman – Pajama Blogger Journalist

If you missed Scarborough Country on MSNBC tonight, you missed Newsweek’s Howard Fineman deliver this classic line, “Let me admit that I have written for the Internet in my pajamas.”

Then he explains why Rathergate is a turning point for “big media:”

Everyone in the world is looking your shoulder while you are reporting and writing a story. It’s like when I began as a newspaper reporter at a small bureau in Kentucky, you know, somebody could march right in to the newsroom the next day if you didn’t get it right in the newspaper. And that kind of situation now exists on a global scale because of the Internet. …

…I think what we’re all selling is credibility. And i think in the big media, let’s not say main stream or whatever, in the big media credibility for the accuracy of what you report is what our business is. And that has to be kept in mind at all times. If we in the big media are going to survive in this new world of the Internet, and bloggers, and so forth, we have to sell even more and care even more about our accuracy, because it’s easy to stick anything out there on the Internet. Hopefully we do have the quality control, and the editorial judgment, and the journalistic experience so that when readers and viewers and web surfers come to our name brand they can trust what they do [big media journalists].”

That’s what makes this issue so big in journalism and journalistic circles.

Amen, fellow pajama blogger journalist!

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Fineman appeared in a segment with Robert Zelnick (former ABC reporter), Carl Limbacher of NewMax, and Bobby Eberle (GOPUSA and Talon News). Both Carl and Bobby stopped by Bloggers Corner at the RNC on several occasions, and were both very nice guys. Good to see them getting some publicity.

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