It was Trent Lott

making the comment about Strom Thurmond that became the historical moment of blogs challenging traditional journalism. I found a blog reference with the offending quote from December 2002.
I also found a story citing a study of blogger’s role in Lott’s resignation as the US Senate Majority Leader. “The report does not portray the blogs as lead actor, but as intelligent reactor to an event of neglect (similar to an act of omission) within professional newsrooms, where the story of Lott’s remarks languished and nearly died. The case study is largely about herd thinking in the press, and the illusion that “news” jumps out at everyone simultaneously.”

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