Carroll: Heck yes, defend bloggers
Thank you Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle for putting it well and succinctly:
Bloggers are just columnists without newspapers. Some bloggers, like Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo, are more like reporters with newspapers. The idea that there should be a different legal standard for them is ludicrous. This is all free speech, and this is all journalism. There are fewer newspapers, but there are more blogs. There is a net gain in information. This is a good thing.