Lots of response to the post about bloggers covering local news. It's a big (and explosive) issue in other countries too. Take this example in France, where a blogger has been sued (French language site) by the mayor of the Paris suburb of Puteaux for his aggressive reporting. Since the mayor apparently doesn't blog, I'm having a very hard time getting his side of the story. But this phenomenon is important in France, where the reporting focus is national--and local news often goes uncovered.
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