...I don't think either Kyra Phillips or John Roberts, both of CNN, are the ones to lead a national discussion on the merits of and possible oversight of the Internet.
Their comments about blogging would make more sense -- and carry more weight -- if either was considered an authority on blogging or the importance of new media.
Phillips is a cookie cutter anchor, someone who has yet to distinguish herself from the cable news female crowd. Roberts is a solid anchor, but he is at his best when he sticks to interviewing and reporting the news.
Perhaps the only current CNN anchor who I believe deserves a chance at leading such a discussion is Anderson Cooper. And that's not because I think he has any special knowledge of new media but rather because he has at least made a commitment to incorporating it into his program.
Don't misunderstand what I am saying: I agree with Phillips and Roberts that blogging cannot thrive and be given the respect it might deserve if the persona of "the guy in his pajamas banging away on his computer from his basement" remains a viable characterization of the medium.
But let's agree that the person who leads this conversation needs to possess the proverbial "chops" in order to do it. The aforementioned Phillips and Roberts don't count.