… This is a dangerous precedent to establish with the emergence of “new media” and citizen journalism. It is incumbent upon the public consumers of news to demand that anyone involved in practice of journalism include substantive evidence that can be evaluated for accuracy through the unbiased lens of objectivity.
And I agree with you, but that ship sailed about 20 years ago. There is no unbiased objective reporting in America anymore, and it’s debatable if there ever was. I’d counter argue that the citizen journalists are probably the most unbiased these days, as they mainly record what they observe, without to much of an angle. If something is trending on social media, and the bigs won’t pick it up (until they are forced to) then we know, that’s a real, true story everyone needs to know about.