Patterico is a long-time chronicler of the L.A. Times' abuse of its position of trust as a newspaper. That's an issue of daily importance for Los Angeles residents like me (all Angelenos have strong opinions about the Times, most of them negative). Patterico's work is important for everyone, however, even for the newspaper's relatively few fans and for fans of the MSM generally. Here's why.
If you're old enough to remember the pre-blogospheric era (and most are), you'll recall that when a newspaper like the Times made a mistake or was unfair or biased, all you could do was write a letter to the editor, which would probably be ignored. Many abuses were simply accepted as facts of life with a sigh of resignation. Uncounted abuses went unaccounted for and the Times pretty much got away with unchecked agenda journalism.
No longer. Review this annual round-up by Paterrico, and see the work he has been doing. Note the sheer number of abuses he has identified and publicized. It's remarkable, and those of us on the conservative side of the ideological spectrum should not take Patterico and others like him for granted. At last the Times is being held accountable and is subject to regular and intense scrutiny by people who can publicize its abuses. We have the blogosphere and people like Patterico, who approach these matters with intelligence and dedication, to thank for this.
I don't know that this scrutiny will change the Times; there are suggestions that it is helping. In any case, we're all better off.