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September 24, 2007

Hinterland Diary: Seymour Hersh on blogs

John Stoehr

Reason for dailies to step back like weeklies of yore? . . .

There is an enormous change taking place in this country in journalism. And it is online. We are eventually -- and I hate to tell this to The New York Times or the Washington Post -- we are going to have online newspapers, and they are going to be spectacular. And they are really going to cut into daily journalism.

I've been working for The New Yorker recently since '93. In the beginning, not that long ago, when I had a big story you made a good effort to get the Associated Press and UPI and The New York Times to write little stories about what you are writing about. Couldn't care less now. It doesn't matter, because I'll write a story, and The New Yorker will get hundreds of thousands, if not many more, of hits in the next day. Once it's online, we just get flooded.

So, we have a vibrant, new way of communicating in America. We haven't come to terms with it. I don't think much of a lot of the stuff that is out there. But there are a lot of people doing very, very good stuff.

From an interview with investigative reporter Seymour Hersh by Brad A. Greenberg for the Jewish Journal in Los Angeles. (Thanks to Poynter's Romenesko).

Posted by John Stoehr at September 24, 2007 8:04 AM