As a blogger, I have never fancied myself as an "online journalist" and unlike some of my "ex journo" peers, I do not have access to mysterious "Deep Throats" who will feed me with juicy tidbits or the latest rumours. I can only comment on news reports now available gratis online. Perhaps I am just part of the "loony fringe" as mentioned yesterday in NST's pompous editorial, here, which I thought was rather too holier-than-thou for a rag fast losing its readership. I have stopped buying this New Shit Times many years ago.
The editorial had some biting if not bloated comments on Information Minister Shabery Chik's offer to bring us bloggers in from the cold and induct us into his hall of fame via the RTM1 weekly program "Blog", which was dismissed as amounting to little more than a "sideshow and diversion". I take umbrage to this comment since I was one of the bloggers featured in the program recently. The minister was also described as trying to rationalise the role of the alternative media, which were seen to have played "a decisive part in not just the build-up to this year's general election but the continuing socio-political turbulence since then".
Some of us bloggers may indeed be "frauds and charlatans" who shoot our "rabble-rousing mouths off or engage in slanderous badinage with the cybermasses", but you will ignore us at your own peril.