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What’s the Difference Between the Huffington Post and the Washington Post? Ask Jon Stewart.

Barack Obama caused a small stir among us media navel gazers when he called on the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein during his press conference this week. The president! Letting someone from the Web ask him a question!

I do take exception to the notion that this was the first time this had ever happened: Doesn’t anyone remember Jeff Gannon of Talon News, who lobbed those piercing questions at George W. a few years ago?

But in any case, the distinction between new/established online/offline news organizations is melting away very rapidly, whether anyone likes it or not. And, really, as Jon Stewart ably explains, who cares?


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald