By Katharine Mieszkowski If you can get past the monotone delivery, there are some real zingers in the 15-minute video "chat wrap" with the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Reader Rep Ted Diadiun, in which he defends columnist Connie Schultz's proposal to curtail the First Amendment to save newspapers.
On Twitter, Jay Rosen, the New York University journalism professor, and PressThink blogger, dubs the video: "Bonfire of the curmudgeons, inter-generational sneerfest from the Cleveland ombud. Painful, but revealing video."
After lauding the journalistic might of the Plain Dealer's newsroom with a staff of 240, Didiun goes on to dismiss the the blogsphere, where Schultz has been taking a lot of heat from the likes of BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis, a journalism professor at the City University of New York.
"It's really a bunch of pipsqueaks out there talking about what the real journalists do," Didiun says. It sure sounds like the Plain Dealer's "reader rep" thinks that his paper's readers need to be protected from what the blogosphere has to say about what's being published in his newspaper.
Exactly what is the difference, in Didiun's view, between columnist Connie Schultz, who I feel confident he would consider a "real journalist," publishing her opinions in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and bloggers, like Jarvis, posting their opinions online? I would love for Didiun to tell me. But I'm sure he'd consider me a pipsqueak, by virtue of the fact that I'm using blogging software to pose the question, so I'm not very optimistic about getting a substantive response.