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More Controversy and Hand-Wringing

The letters section of Romenesko has been postively hopping with news about next Friday’s “new media” panel at the National Press Club.

The author of Editor & Publisher article “discovering” the blog that “discovered” the panel is defending himself from full frontal assaults by National Press Club executives who feel that their honor has been impugned. Meanwhile the blogger who “discovered” the panel on the Press Club’s website is laughing at them all. Gosh, isn’t the blog world so much fun?

The questions du jour: What is Jeff Gannon doing on the panel? Is he a blogger or a journalist? Would female hookers get a press club invite? Is E&P suggesting that the Press Club should not invite controversial figures to appear at the Club and be questioned by reporters? Did Jayson Blair get a National Press Club invite? How many National Press Club panels have featured people whose main claim to fame (Washingtonienne and Hotmilitarystud.com) couldn’t be published in a family newspaper?

Instead of all those, we have one of our own: Do journalists ever tire of being self-righteous about the “hallowed halls” of journalism?

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