Much has been said about bloggers as media watchdogs. While it's true, some bloggers are out headhunting, blogging may impact the media in a more direct way. Lawmakers had problems with the way the Tribune covered their resolution recognizing the U football team. Instead of just taking up their grievance with the newspaper, Majority Leader Jeff Alexander went directly to the public here and here. Thanks to blogging, newsmakers can completely bypass traditional media and communicate directly with the public. Hopefully, increased participation in the blogosphere by newsmakers will help keep journalists on their toes, much like journalists keep newsmakers on their toes.