Bloggers often take heat for posting incorrect, misleading, or false information. The need to get something out there early is intense because it can be the difference between getting a lot of traffic and not getting any at all. However, there are times when journalistic responsibility must trump the need for page views. This is one of those times.
Since 1994, the media has promoted the internet as a medium of political change among other things. Predictions about the true democratization of information via the Web suggested that the general public would be able to have their voices heard and that ordinary folks would finally be able to make a real difference in a political landscape where normally, the people with the largest campaign funding tend to have the loudest voices.