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Dogwalk: Press Needed to Sort Out Subjectivity

A case in point: a local activist pens a column for the home town newspaper. Her column is opinion. That's what columnists do. She takes on the city often. As a citizen that is her right but are her assumptions accurate? The same paper prints a guest opinion from the mayor and entire city council taking her to task for being "loose with facts". Should their word be taken as gospel? The issues are major. I would be much more comfortable in forming my opinion if an objective reporter would dig into the criticisms and the rebuttal then lay out the facts. I'm not saying this never happens; I am saying it doesn't happen often enough. Without the press where is one to go? We need them to provide the neutral center. Broadcast doesn't have the time allotment and bloggers don't have the credibility. That leaves us with opinion. That leaves us uninformed. And that is dangerous -- Mari/Dogwalk Musings.

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Question: Will online blogs and journalism supplant the traditional press?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.