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David Shaw, the Least Popular Man in the Blogosphere

As one might expect, David Shaw’s LAT piece arguing that bloggers should not be eligible for the legal protections accorded to ‘real’ journalists is getting trounced by bloggers everywhere. Jack Shafer sums it up nicely in Slate today:

If I were in the business of licensing journalists, which I’m not, I’d give Shaw a two-week suspension without pay and force him to blog his way back into his readers’ good graces.

Journalist/blogger Matt Welch cogently refutes Shaw’s argument and digs up this self-reverential Shaw piece, in which he investigates what a great investigative journalist he is.

As for this blogger, sure, I’d love to be protected under journalistic shield laws. But mostly I want a Moveable Type spell-check function.

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