Now you too can be a political writer. Just get yourself a blog and off you go to become the next Bob Woodward or David Broder.
Apparently it doesn't matter if anybody reads your stuff; the fact that you can just do it, to borrow a phrase from the shoe guys, is the salient point.
Having said that, Gov. Rick Snyder, in his first comments ever about Internet "political" writers, says this does pose some "interesting challenges in our society."
Boy. There's an understatement.
The governor states the obvious: "There are great bloggers and there are bloggers you wonder why anyone would ever read anything they write."
Clearly there should be a "reader beware" disclaimer on lots of the Internet columns appearing under the heading of freedom of the press and speech.
The governor figures in time, the really smart consumers will figure out what is worthy and what is not. But what about the dumb ones?
"As time passes you'll find some separation. People over time will naturally find ways to separate what are really worthwhile bloggers vs. things that are just absolutely worthless that are not constructive at all in terms of the dialogue and discussion."
Perhaps he's correct but what happens in the interim before the separating separates. The fact is many readers assume, at their own peril, that because it is written down, it therefore must be true.
There is opinion, which everyone has, and then there is informed opinion which does not come with a new P.C. set up in your basement.
This vast access by anyone who wants to write is both good for the Democracy but has it's dangers, too.
Many of the musings on the world wide web fail to apply one little standard that all "real" journalists practice..double checking your sources to come as close to the truth as possible.
But as some Internet writers opine, don't let the facts get in the way of a good (and misleading) blog.