Howard Marsh is a media analyst and former journalism educator who specializes in writing about new media:
When word got out that Maureen Dowd accidentally published part of Josh Marshall’s blog under her own name, some blogges reacted with unconcealed glee. After all, don't bloggers have a reputation as mainstream media parasites?
This symbiosis has been a long time coming. But it’s increasingly evident every day as Internet reporters are setting priorities. The American Prospect lauded Murray Waas , an independent web reporter, for unearthing the truth about the run up to war with Iraq-- prodding the mainstream media onward. Jay Rosen crowned Murray Waas the “Woodward of now,” saying that the actual Bob Woodward missed the story, while Murray Waas got the story.