“More and more bloggers are getting more and more attention on the Internet,” writes USA Today founder and former Gannett newspaper executive Allen H. Neuharth in a column I read on May 10, 2009, in the Zanesville (Ohio) Times Recorder. According to the 85-year old columnist:
Many deserve it because they provide interesting and useful news or information. Some don't, because they peddle phony stuff to promote themselves and/or hurt others.”Neuharth makes sense to me. To read why he thinks they are wrong, see “Commentary: Should bad bloggers have press freedom?”
The problem is many consumers of the Web haven't yet figured out how to tell the difference.
Some politicians, prime victims of bad bloggers, think the First Amendment protection of a free press should not apply to bloggers and have threatened laws to try to do something about it.