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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work