Journalists have an insecurity complex. Dealing with mayors, senators and heads of countries, reporters are relative nobodies. Their job has no actual power and they can't wear rows of ribbons on their chest like a general.
If there's any doubt that a journalist's first-hand vantage point can provide a deeper understanding of war-time life in Syria than what's uploaded on YouTube or aired on Syrian state media, one needs only to look at Wednesday's New York Times.
No TV network or newspaper can convey the thoughts, sentiments and feelings of people on the ground as well as their own words can, but there are limitations to getting your news in 140 characters or less. That's where Tumblr comes in.
What's right about TV and cable news? This critic doesn't often get to address that because broadcast and cable news is generally so dismal. But here's a rare example of TV news excellence: NBC's Richard Engel.