Moulitsas assured me he didn't see himself as a journalist, only a Democract activist. "I don't plan on doing any original reporting - screw that. I need people like you," he said, agreeing that since he still often had to pivot off the reporting of the inadequate mainstram media to form his inflammatory opinions, our relationship was, by necessity, "symbiotic".
He's spot on, and ironically confirms my suspicions on why blogs are a far-from-perfect substitute for real news and real reporting. Us bloggers are a bunch of armchair experts, mouthing off at whomever and whatever we like from a safe distance. By its nature, bloggers lack the resources or the coordination to go out and get the story, even if the occasional story comes the way of the big blogging fish. 'Symbiotic' is probably a generous description: 'parasitic' seems more accurate.
In many ways bloggers remind me of indulgent Op-Ed columnists (Bolt, Ackerman, MacGuinness) who wouldn't be caught dead with the commoners in the newsroom actually chasing a story. We think we're too good for that.
When I started this modest blog two years ago, one of my plans was to cover the stories that generally slip below the mainstream media radar: public events, rallies, protests, community events. As it's transpired, I've covered only a handful of these events, largely due to the labour involved and the general lack of interest.
Still, I think it's a worthwhile project if only to add to the sum total of knowledge floating around the blogosphere rather than being just another voice in the echo-chamber.