Online expert Kate Phillips observes

The larger online issue for all of us is the echo chamber within which we operate. from drudge to rss to twitter. we’re always mindful of what drives the day’s buzz, headlines, blogs and then what develops into a fullblown story by day’s end. it drives the campaigns, too — forcing them to react, sometimes trapping them in the wind tunnel and blowing them completely off message within nanoseconds.
           for journalists like myself and my colleagues, the clutter poses daily challenges. we’re expected to be on top of the minor blips, but to keep our eye on the long view. and as a member of the MSM, in this current cycle, we’re constantly hammered and taken to task, especialy by liberal bloggers, if we’re not calling out misstatements, obfuscations or outright lies by the candidates. Some sites spend more time blasting the media coverage than critiquing the candidates’ positions.  
           And Internet news coverage — with all news organizations requiring regular updates and refreshed articles — has also imposed a whole new set of demands on reporters and their editors. It’s exacerbated the classic conflict between daily journalism and commitments to mega-enterprise. (I wrote a piece about this during the summer for Nieman reports, titled “Only the Reader Sleeps.”) 

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