Arguing For Newspapers As Quote Agreggators

This bit from Paul Kane of the Washington Post has drawn a lot attention:

Paul Kane: . . . We reported what Olympia Snowe said. That’s what she said. That’s what Republicans are saying. I really don’t know what you want of us. We are not opinion writers whose job is to play some sorta gotcha game with lawmakers.

It's an interesting defense. Given the troubled financial straits newspapers are in, it opens up the question - does "reporting" really require reporters? Couldn't the Washington Post just let Kane go, pocket the money and just let newsmakers know that the WaPo will be uncritically publishing their quotes? They can even set up some type of electronic form that will allow the quote to be submitted directly to the paper, formatted automatically and voila! we have tomorrow's newspaper! There's a lot of savings to be had by newspapers with such an approach. If the newspapers don't want to do it, maybe Google can do it and avoid the recent controversies.

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    Reporting is on life support (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by kmblue on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 09:44:26 AM EST
    However, cute television anchors are on the rise.

    I get the distinct impression (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by kmblue on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 09:45:38 AM EST
    That WaPo reporters like Sheilagh Murray and Kane hate participating in discussions with the common folk.  We simply don't understand, you see, how tough their jobs are.  

    things are tough all over (none / 0) (#1)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 09:06:40 AM EST
    Some electronic format... (none / 0) (#2)
    by inclusiveheart on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 09:43:04 AM EST
    like Twitter or something.

    I think reporters are supposed to participate at a level that is slightly different than that of a stenographer.  I know a lot of reporters who do in fact act as more than stenographers too.

    um (none / 0) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 09:49:33 AM EST
    This post was snark.

    Although Huff Post headline says (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 11:49:57 AM EST
    a large church will Twitter the Passion story.