...McClatchy is planning to launch a rare online aggregation of different reporting outlets, likely later today. "It is fairly unusual, but we can give our readers a more complete picture," Walcott said. "I wouldn't ordinarily feel the need to do that. But what is going on within our site and hearing [in Tehran] can be completely different from what is happening a mile or a half mile away."
Walcott did not have specifics on what would be aggregated, but said, "We are going to exercise the same editorial judgment we do with everything."
"The same editorial judgment we do with everything"??
Uh, that's not a good sign -- Walcott is the hard-left DC bureau chief who won a award named after I.F. Stone, the left-wing journalist who was a Soviet agent. Walcott spent the fall of 2008 overseeing McClatchy's over-the-top and biased coverage against Sarah Palin. (And don't get me started on Walcott's 2007 prediction that the US would not win the Iraq War.)
Also, John Walcott and the DC bureau suffer from a classic case of "Gate Keeper Mentality". It will be a stretch for the DC bureau folks to link to Twitter and blogs on their aggregator page without being able to control the content. We'll see if they can pull it off.