"It’s impossible to stop fake tweets, photoshopped pictures, and rabid Reddit accusations. In fact, we shouldn’t want to, at the risk of preventing legitimate witnesses on-the-ground from sharing valuable, truthful reports.
But there’s still a difference between a random bystander and a journalist. It’s not a name on a masthead or a huge Twitter following that makes someone a journalist. It’s the compulsion to pick up the phone and verify a piece of information before sharing it with the world. Or, at the very least, if you’re unable to completely confirm something, at least think about if it makes sense (Michael Hayden killed at the airport? Pretty unlikely) and be completely transparent about where you got the information (in other words, don’t try to pawn it off on the AP or Reuters).”
The problem is that we care too much about what Dylan Byers says. WaPo’s Erik Wemple is a far better opinionated media reporter and he generates as much light as Byers does heat.