Matt Drudge, the creator of The Drudge Report, recently tweeted that Senator Diane Fienstein's attempt to define who is and who is not a reporter was "disgusting" and "fascist," adding "a 17-year-old 'blogger' was as important as Wolf Blitzer."
Perhaps proving his point, on Sept. 13, 2013, Blaze picked up on the news that a Texas graphics design enthusiast and member of TVNewsTalk.net was first to discover and break the story of the possible opening package of Megyn Kelly’s upcoming prime time Fox News Channel.
The eagle-eyed blogger shared his discovery of two graphics video files showing slightly different variations with the name, theme music and graphic design for "The Kelly File," found while "snooping around the Vimeo of an FNC-graphics guy.” This "breaking news" was also cited by BuzzFeed and MEDIAite.
This minor leak, one of primary interest largely to Kelly fans, is only one example of thousands validating Drudge's point that it's not uncommon for online bloggers considered by Diane Feinstein to lack the qualifications of a "real journalist" to break news many would rather censor. The most infamous scoop of all was Matt Drudge's story that then President Bill Clinton was having an affair with a very young White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, after News Week killed it.
Drudge's success fueled what has continued to be a fiery debate regarding the excesses of internet journalism versus journalists who are subject to traditional editorial and legal rigors. It's certainly possible that news of what appears to be "The Kelly File" will not be well-received by the Fox News Channel marketing department. They may fear the premature disclosure will suck some of the excitement from Kelly's premier.
However, the Fox News design department obviously erred by opening the video to public online viewing instead of marking it private. Fox News has not responded to either confirm nor deny that the videos are early renderings of Kelly's opening package.
The big question remains: Will online "reporters"always enjoy First Amendment freedom to share what they discover, what they think and what may be mere speculation or will they someday need a license for the privilege of writing online?
In the meantime Kelly's show is set to launch in the new fall lineup. Access to the video which possibly show her new opening has since been closed off to the public. Thanks to BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw, who quickly captured one of the videos, it's still possible to get a sneak peek.