As I step back and think about the nature and character of Blogging, I realize just how unguided it is. It's easy for Bloggers to get in trouble. Even sued. (Apple Story).
One issue that I find interesting about Blogging is credibility. Blogs operate on a different economy from other media. In my opinion this changes the matter of credibility. Journalists relate on the credibility of the paper. PFU is part of the establishment that gives credibility to the established press, and when journalists write on their own time and risk, they should be prepared to face the consequences without the benefit of editors, proofreaders and the newsdesk.
A journalist is trusted about as much as the paper/station she works for is considered to be trustworthy. Only special journalists have a position in the consciousness of the reader that gives them credibility on their own - for good or bad. A blogger relies on his/her personal credibility, which is often connected to their professional or successes achieved status. This leaves a blogger a lot more vulnerable to criticism, and the public attention to the individual can be ruthless.