TV and print presenters/journalists tend to avoid, as Bunk Moreland would say, “Giving a fuck when it ain’t their turn to give a fuck.”
This is giant news for anyone who makes websites. See also: W3C’s FAQ for the situation.
With 700,000 documents to comb though it is a totally rational approach. It can either take a team of experts 2 years or it can take “everyone” a few days.
Obviously the potential is there to game the system and make your guy look good or the other guy look bad, but review is a lot cheaper than the original work.
The Associated Press announcement addresses pricing, licensing, and legal threats. There is no statement made about the credibility of the information being published through these online channels, nor whether the act of aggregating and disseminating news this way has an impact on its accuracy or accountability.
I agree, entirely. What is at issue here is the attitude. My favorite writers right now (such as John Gruber, Merlin Mann, Andy Baio) are my favorites precisely because they care about one thing: creditability. They want their opinions and ideas to be credible not due to their stature as people, but due to the strength of their ideas and words themselves. This matters.