Earlier this week, Hall of Fame baseball scribe, Peter Gammons noted some of the virtues (Insider article) of the on-line baseball community. (The portion in question is highlighted here.) -- I didn't use the word blogosphere, well, because it's just demeaning to some of the great work and writing that's out there.
While all the major news outlets in town were dispatching a staff writer to string together Ozzie's recent HBO comments into a cohesive column, with the cliche-wielding headline writers providing the punchline not too far behind, I didn't really feel the need to bring it up.
It would have been easy for me to run the quote,
It's a story I find myself having a hard time writing about. I figure if you're looking for direct quotes, you'd head straight to the source. I have no more access to than any of you. I get almost all of my info from the same location as you, so I cut out the middle man. Me.
Jim, from the Sox Machine, however, hit a home run with his entry on media blitz. It's the type of evenhanded commentary that you just don't see from the traditional media, who are far too often chasing opposite ends of the spectrum with their op-ed pieces. The truth is almost always somewhere in the middle.
And anymore, when access is not a limiting factor, the truth is almost always expressed more accurately on an internet-only outlet. Kudos to the internet, you'll never make the traditional media irrelevant, but you sure make them easier to ignore.