The rise of pseudojournalism
A fine address by John S. Carrol, editor of the LA Times: The Wolf in Reporter's Clothing: The Rise of Pseudo-Journalism in America
One of the great things about this piece is the set up:
One reason I was drawn to my chosen career is its informality, in contrast to the real professions. Unlike doctors, lawyers or even jockeys, journalists have no entrance exams, no licenses, no governing board to pass solemn judgment when they transgress. Indeed it is the Constitutional right of every citizen, no matter how ignorant or how depraved, to be a journalist. This wild liberty, this official laxity, is one of journalism's appeals.