Several prominent bloggers (web loggers) are claiming a role in the forced resignations of two New York Times editors, Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd. New Republic editor, Andrew Sullivan, boasting a web audience of more than 100,000 readers per day for his blog, scrutinized the Times, and pointed out numerous errors in Times quotations, coverage, and content.
"The blogosphere in general created a growing chorus of criticism that helped create public awareness of exactly what Raines was up to," Sullivan wrote in a June 6, 2003 posting. "We did what journalists are supposed to do—and we did it to journalism itself." He later exulted, "First (Senator Trent) Lott. Then Raines. And you ain't seen nothing yet."
One of the bloggers covering the Times scandal most thoroughly was Jim Romenesko, a midwestern newspaperman. He posted Times memos and emails, and caused a frenzy within the Times itself. "The brouhaha has been to Romenesko what the first Persian Gulf War was to CNN, a defining moment," wrote the Los Angeles Times.