Even back in the old Clinton days, I was in a forum with a lot of professional journalists and they ALL thought the difference between writing a story with a statement of fact and writing a story with an attributed quote of a statement of fact were totally not related. They just couldn't see that their customers believed them to be equivalent. In fact they believe the difference to be a point of professionalism, and they posted a lot about the fact that Drudge DIDN'T attribute, but rather made claims, and thus his problems were totally because he wasn't a professional.The most cowardly - yet increasingly common - form of journalism occurs when one organization reports something scandalous that another organization has said. Therefore, they seem to be on top of "breaking news" while being at arm's length in case the story that they are regurgitating is wrong. Then, the BIGS can stand back and say that they were neither responsible for the lapse nor are liable for any damage caused by such a lapse.
They laughed at him because of it. I think that one of the reasons that Journalists become journalists is because they can see a big difference between the two, unlike the general public.
The fact that they use attributed statements of fact to reel in consumers goes unnoticed by them.
NLike US!!owadays, any assclown with a clever name can start a blog and pretend to be an informed commentator.