I think in the past I have been rather naive.
( Note to fellow techno-luddites: the cognoscenti would put a mini-post like this into a TumbleLog on their sidebar, or just tag it with del.icio.us. )
But since this is growing into more than a mini-post, something else I've been meaning to put up:
Someone recently asked my thoughts on "the strange bedfellows that are being created to promote blogging vs. MSM"; I answered:
In brief, to the extent it's a "vs.": it's exactly akin to the strange bedfellows (students and imams) that joined together to overthrow the Shah of Iran.
It didn't turn out so well for the students.
The trick is to avoid the "vs.", to create a chimaera that takes advantage of the strengths of both. This would require trust - and more importantly, behavior to earn that trust - from both.
(I believe we were both using "bloggers" as shorthand for "people who aren't journalists by training, who have blogs and may do some citizen journalism [and who criticize newspaper coverage...]")