NEW YORK — CBS News veteran Morley Safer says he trusts citizen journalism as much as he would trust citizen surgery.
The "60 Minutes" correspondent was honored by Quinnipiac University Wednesday with an award named for one of Safer's old bosses, Fred Friendly. He accepted it with a warning that the business problems of newspapers threaten all of journalism, and the public's precarious right to know.
Safer said good journalism needs structure and responsibility. He considers the blogosphere no alternative, saying it is crammed with the ravings and manipulations of every nut with a keyboard.
Safer is 77 now and works part time. He says he has no intention of giving up what he considers the best job in the world.