To do it right, they'd have to build around the people who we used to think of as sources
. In the past, a reporter would call a few of them to make a story, but today, when they want to comment, the sources just get on Twitter and say what they think. So the reporting process is flipped around. Journalism has adjusted, but how good can journalism be when the system is as limited as Twitter is? Maybe that's why today's news is so coarse. How much subtlety can you communicate in 140 chars? Twitter is basically a medium of grunts and snorts. And Facebook, without the 140 char limit, has got its own oddities.