Press unreleased

Even the biggest blogs don’t have nearly the resources of the, um, legacy news-gathering organizations, says Bill Quick:

Essentially, blogs live on the vast gray hides of the NYTs and APs of the world, like tick-birds on rhinos. What I can easily see happening is that the state will take over that function, either by outright bankrolling favored organizations, or, in the event of their collapse, setting up something like “The Government News Service.”

And bloggers will probably have to buy licenses and pass exams in order to be allowed to reprint anything from that service.

Fortunately, if said Government News Service is anything like, oh, let’s say, the Bureau of Labor Statistics — and realistically, why wouldn’t it be? — the only reason why you’d want to mention anything it says is to show how it’s wrong.

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