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RANTING public service broadcasting hack Andrew Marr has slammed bloggers and citizen journalists labelling them as "seedy, single, and very very drunk."
According to the Daily Mail, Marr's public rant was aired at the Cheltenham Literary Festival - where he defended 'his trade' by claiming that in future, our children's children will be up for paying for online news and comment.
Unfortunately, while Marr, 51, claims that bloggers and citzen hacks will never replace hacks or, dare I say, "super hacks," Marr has forgot one vital ingredient in why these same people, seedy, single, drunk, angry young men, are needed more than ever by the cowardice British media.
Hacks, or even super hacks, cannot survive without tip offs of stories. In fact, the days of go-getting journalists are ten a penny. You only have to read the drivel, politically numbed, celebrity-re-hashed news tripe that gets churned out of the British media everyday. Who wants to pay for something that will be tonight's Fish and Chip wrapping paper? Yum Yum...
Although Marr has a point that there are some bloggers, and citizen journalists who are rubbish, excuse the pun, the work of an independent blogger, (dare I say journalist) and citizen journalist is vital in any democracy. Some bloggers often ask questions that some journalists can't or refuse to ask - (that's directed at Marr himself) and, not forgetting the fact that Marr, and others at the bloatedly-excessed Brtish Broadcasting Corporation are indeed funded by "some" of those very same people.
Marr apparently said: "