Because letting any average, uncredentialed American sound off on the issues of the day is “dangerous.”
Q: Do you think technology is changing [journalism]? That a good reporter will always find a venue because there are so many media outlets now?
Thomas: No, but I do think it is kind of sad when everybody who owns a laptop thinks they’re a journalist and doesn’t understand the ethics. We do have to have some sense of what’s right and wrong in this job. Of how far we can go. We don’t make accusations without absolute proof. We’re not prosecutors. We don’t assume.
Q: So if there’s this amateur league of journalists out there, trying to do what you do…
Thomas: It’s dangerous.
That bit about not making accusations without “absolute proof” is pretty funny given that Thomas routinely uses her front-row seat in the White House press room to berate Bush administration officials about our troops murdering civilians in Iraq.