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Lowest Common Denominocracy?

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A "news" media phenomenon: bloggers embraced. If you can't impress your audience with journalistic standards, lower them. The Virginian Pilot featured comments from local bloggers for years. Now The Daily Press has them on board. Vivian Paige, Jim Hoeft, and Brian Kirwin are Hampton Roads regulars. Worth every red cent.

The Daily Press is launching a new feature in which two Hampton Roads residents will address local, state and regional issues - and the occasional national issue from a local twist - from a conservative perspective.
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Check back here for their columns, which will run each Wednesday on an alternating basis.  -- The Daily Press

I am reminded of criticism by a favorite economics professor, Dr. John Kuhlman, regarding the Journalism School at Mizzou. "There was a time," he would complain, "when expertise in your field and writing ability made you publishable. Now it takes a gift of gab, casual observations, and a four year English course." Well, Doc, apparently that great educational philosopher Meat Loaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" is the adjusted accomplishment curve; or maybe Kaplan opened a new Ann Landers School of Journalism offering a borrowed ECPI curriculum: "zero to bachelor's in 2.5 years."

It is not only local media attempting to pander to the potential audience:

Vivian Paige Covers the Second, 2nd CD Debate

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Check out Vivian Paige's blog for excellent coverage of the second forum/debate in the 2nd Congressional District. Participants were Rep. Glenn Nye ("D"), used car dealer Scott Rigell (R), and independent Kenny Golden. According to Vivian, "this forum was much better than the first one in that it covered a lot more ground" and "for the most part, the candidates were much better with their answers, despite the irksome setup of having them answer questions in the same order every time." For a lot more, click here.