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Amateur vs. Professional Journalists

This is an interesting bet... I see both points of view. I have seen unsubstantiated info on blogs or small-time websites that clashed with "facts" in the popular press. I think it is dangerous to take either the NY Times or some dude with a web page as the gospel. That's why both exist and will continue to exist (IMHO). Also the relevence/importance of this debate depends largly on what is being reported. War coverage and movie reviews have very different accuracy requirements. There is so much info out there that even the act of searching for information can skew the view we get.