Going around, coming around

Tom Forbes writes about his experience with the NY Times in its sucker punch about Walmart and bloggers. When Howard Kurtz asked me on Reliable Sources what I thought about bloggers beating reporters to their own stories by posting ahead of publication, I said: Tough. All’s fair in love and the press. In fact, I’ll go further: I think it’s healthy. It will push stories to be better. It will teach reporters, too, that they can’t wait and control the agenda and the timing of news anymore. At the end of his post, Forbes also asks: “Meanwhile, I wonder if [New York Times reporter Michael] Barbaro is being tipped off by someone else HE’S not attributing, perhaps with the intials UFCW?” Good question.