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It all started late last night with this little Twitter post from Chad Livengood, political reporter for the Springfield, Missouri News-Leader:

RT @edronco: (via @faraichideya) “I would trust citizen journalism as much as I would trust citizen surgery.” – Morley Safer, CBS News about 9 hours ago from web

I replied:

@ChadLivengood I would trust “professional” reporting on politics as much as I would trust the same reporting on inside the beltway parties. about 9 hours ago from web in reply to ChadLivengood

Uh, oh. A pile on.

@ChadLivengood Oh dear god. What are you so afraid of? about 9 hours ago from web in reply to ChadLivengood

Then Blue Girl opened up via Twitter:

I dunno, @ChadLivengood. Rather depends on the citizen, don’t you think? Take me for instance. 25 Yrs trauma team, I can save you. about 9 hours ago from txt

@ChadLivengood…And by the way, sport, it was MY argument that got the Libby pre-sentensing letters released, NOT THE TRADITIONAL MEDIA!!! about 9 hours ago from txt

Let me draw an analogy for you, @ChadLivengood. We may be an invasive species in your habitat, so? Adapt or die. Law of the jungle,Baby.Deal about 9 hours ago from txt

1 Lst thng,@ChadLivengood: if your kind hadn’t dropped the ball, there would have been no void for us to fill, and I sure wouldn’t b makng$ about 9 hours ago from txt

And bhindepmo weighed in:

@ChadLivengood At least some certified public journalists walk amongst us citizen journalists. We blog because founding newspapers is tough about 7 hours ago from web in reply to ChadLivengood

Here’s the Twitter post from Ed Ronco, repeated by Chad Livengood:

RT @faraichideya (via @KelleyLCarter) “I would trust citizen journalism as much as I would trust citizen surgery.” – Morley Safer, CBS News 3:44 PM May 22nd from web

Here’s the Twitter post, from Farai Chideya:

” I would trust citizen journalism as much as I would trust citizen surgery.” — Morley Safer, CBS News via TheTurnerReport.com 2:53 PM May 22nd from web

Is this starting to look like a children’s game?

The Turner Report quote:

Quote of the Week

“The blogosphere is no alternative, crammed as it is with ravings and manipulations of every nut with a keyboard… Good journalism is structured and structure means responsibility… I would trust citizen journalism as much as I would trust citizen surgery.” -Morley Safer, CBS News…

Which lead to TVNewser:

Thursday, May 21

Morley Safer: “I Would Trust Citizen Journalism As Much As I Would Trust Citizen Surgery”

In a speech after receiving the 2009 Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac University, Morley Safer discussed the impact on journalism of the troubled newspaper industry.

“The blogosphere is no alternative, crammed as it is with ravings and manipulations of every nut with a keyboard,” he is quoted in a Qunnipiac press release as saying yesterday. “Good journalism is structured and structure means responsibility…I would trust citizen journalism as much as I would trust citizen surgery…”

Which lead to the original Morley Safer quote via a press release from Quinnipiac University:

Quinnipiac University Presents Fred Friendly Award to Morley Safer

NEW YORK, May 20 PRNewswire-USNewswire — Morley Safer, the “60 Minutes” correspondent, expressed concern Wednesday about the future of journalism as the newspaper industry continues to shrink.

“The death or disintegration of local newspapers threatens all of journalism and by extension the public’s right to know,” said Safer, who received the 2009 Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac University Wednesday. About 120 broadcast journalists and network executives attended the 16th annual event at the Metropolitan Club.

“In small towns and cities, who will be snooping in city hall, in zoning boards and town councils where developers and low-level politicos earn their graduate degrees in corruption?” Safer said.

The award winning journalist also said he does not think that citizen journalism is the solution.

“The blogosphere is no alternative, crammed as it is with ravings and manipulations of every nut with a keyboard,” Safer said. “Good journalism is structured and structure means responsibility. …I would trust citizen journalism as much as I would trust citizen surgery…”

Yes, yes, just who is snooping in those places where people “…earn their graduate degrees in corruption…?” Just asking.

Structure? I’m just waiting for someone to explain the Faux News Channel and sainted journalists.

You know, this could all be resolved if we would just convene a panel on blogger ethics.