Edward Greenspon locates the cornerstone of democratic society—it was under his desk

Edward Greenspon locates the cornerstone of democratic society—it was under his desk

From the sensational annals of staggering self-importance, we find Globe editor-in-chief Edward “Don’t Call Me Eddie and for God’s Sake Don’t Call Me Ted” Greenspon in an on-line town hall talking about the vital differences between blogging and journalism:

We employ more than 300 professionally trained journalists at The Globe and Mail and I say with great pride that they are the best in the business. You will see that from the fact we again lead the number of National Newspaper Award nominees this year.

I would put up our trained journalists against all the bloggers in the world. Indeed, the bloggers would have nothing to blog about without our people….

But let me say this: anything that adds to the public conversation is good.

Bloggers probably have always existed in some form. They just lacked the means to broadcast their views.

I’m in favour of all forms of disseminating and debating information.

But I don’t think anything substitutes for the full-time, trained journalist working at finding out what’s really going on out there. That is the foundation stone of a democratic society.

Well. First of all, let me say thank you, Edward Greenspon, for employing all those journalists and thereby giving birth—much as Al Gore gave us the Internet—to the blogosphere. And second, thanks also for pointing out the (not “a” mind you, but “the”) foundation stone of a democratic society. And all this time I harboured the delusion that it might be the universal franchise or the rule of law or even free association.

Journalism, mighty journalism, thy name is EDWARD!

Editor-in-Chief Greenspon takes your questions [Globe and Mail]