Because New York Times, that’s why!

Bill Keller, the liberal former executive editor of the New York Times, who remains a columnist for the paper, linked to an article in the Times written by David Carr which examines what it takes to be considered a “journalist” and not merely an “activist.”

The short version: You become a journalist when somebody at the New York Times says you are a journalist:

https://twitter.com/JulLarsen/status/351678385308712960

Possibly because the powers that be at the Times consider those people to be “activists” and “just a blogger” types whose reporting is only legitimized after being vetted by real journalists at the Times.

James O’Keefe had a few questions for the Times’ David Carr:

O’Keefe had a final point: