Mindy McAdams, a University of Florida journalism professor, applauded bloggers' efforts but urged them to adhere to ethical standards held by mainstream journalists.
"Our credibility is suffering with so many people rushing to publish things without checking them out," McAdams said after Cox's speech. "Blogging is really great. I like that more and more people have a voice. That's good ... But it doesn't give people who call themselves journalists an excuse to not check out the information."
Oh, puu-leeze. I hope we adhere to higher ethical standards than journalists. I wouldn't call bloggers journalists, anyway. They are ombudsmen because journalists do not have the standards that they claim. Therefore, we need to fact check them every step of the way. When blogs do act like journalists the rest of the blogosphere serves as their ombudsman.