While the "real" journalists use the Alberta NDP's attack on this here website to launch yet another pointless inside-baseball debate about accreditation standards for their dying profession, I thought I'd say a few words on behalf of all the non-journalists who don't get a space on the island.
There's been way too many so-called opinion leaders fretting about what would happen if every blogger with a chip on their shoulder wanted access to a government press briefing.
Speaking just for myself -- and trust me, I'd rather do anything than watch some robot of a spokesperson stand behind a lectern and spout talking points -- I think the thought of people making their living by the pen terrified that someone else might want to have an opinion too is way more revealing and way more of a cause for concern than any overstepping of boundaries by Rachel Notley and her jumped-up university student's administration of a government.
The reason journalism is circling the drain is because everyone -- even and especially the journalists -- know guys like me can do what they do just as well, and in many cases better. More to the point, we don't have pretensions to being anything more than what we are.
When journalists from REPUTABLE organizations allegedly hurt women, get massaged by political mafias, plagiarize, make stuff up out of thin air and then turn around and wag their fingers at us rabble for "lacking credibility", it's a bit much.
Look at this condescending bit of bilge from serial bow-tie wearer and publisher of the Toronto Star John Honderich wherein he pats himself and his Liberal propaganda organ of a newspaper on its metaphorical back for taking down Ford Nation and the Toronto police union, something those lowly bloggers could supposedly never do.
What his posturing reveals, though, is something we all knew already- that his newspaper has an agenda, which is to terminate conservatives with extreme prejudice. It's right there in the Star's despicable Atkinson Principles, and yet John-John is offended by the very suggestion that the Star was protecting its spot as the go-to enforcer of progressivism.
Since starting here on the Megaphone, I have predicted an NDP collapse, the downfall of the Harper govenment, the emergence of #Gamergate into the conservative mainstream, the possibility of a Trump vs. Sanders showdown while everyone was still writing them both off, and even the behaviour of the Media Party itself in light of the recent PCPO win in Whitby-Oshawa.
I am not a wizard or Lieblein the Omniscient. I'm just good at what I do.
I'd put myself up against any of John Honderich's assassins when it comes to doing what they should be doing, which is informing the good people of the nation about goings-on, and I've never attended a day of J-school in my life.
But do I get invited on to "Power and Politics"? Does anyone want to talk to me about provincial politics, which I've been covering, accurately, for years before I started here? No, because I'm just some random on Ezra's wacky website. Being RIGHT about stuff with regularity doesn't rate, apparently.
Then again, when you have a spot and want to protect that spot, you don't concern yourself with little things like accuracy and being able to separate signals from noise.
"Real journalists" and their defenders scratch their noggins about why they're losing money by the ink-bucket as the answer stares them baldly in the face. You guys say you're about journalism for the people? Prove it!