Col­umn: Which Jour­nal­ists Are the ‘Pro­fes­sion­als’? Just the Lib­er­als?

Wash­ing­ton Post media reporter Paul Farhi is the most recent exam­ple of a jour­nal­ist who sounds like his own col­leagues are the “pro­fes­sion­als” and the writ­ers with­out the clas­sic Old Media brand­ing are the “non-pros,” peo­ple who don’t have stan­dards.

Farhi began by tweet­ing: “Some­one invent­ed the phrase ‘cit­i­zen jour­nal­ism’ a few years ago to describe ama­teurs doing the work of pros. Yes, it occa­sion­al­ly works, but prob­a­bly no more often than “’cit­i­zen cop,’ …