There was an almost-charmingly retro feel to the rage hockey journalists Kevin-Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe and Adrian Dater of The Denver Post and Sports Illustrated displayed in their respective rants against bloggers this week, as it felt like a discussion from another era altogether. Building off the NFL's infamous replacement refs, Dupont called bloggers "replacement journalists" and was roundly bashed for it, especially his unfounded claims that blogs don't contribute to charity. Dater promptly went to Dupont's defence, particularly criticizing the bloggers from Leafs' site Pension Plan Puppets for their site's take on Dupont and getting into a personal fight with one of them.
Naturally, this stirred up some outrage across the hockey blogosphere. What's most interesting is that this made nowhere near the news in wider blog circles that it would have a few years back. Dupont in particular and Dater to a limited extent (he later clarified his position) are fighting a losing battle in a war that's been over for years.no comments