While it is true that both Gawker and TMZ are laying on reporters, it's fair to assume that these reporters won't be doing what the Times does, namely, expose wrongs that cause the deaths of hundreds. A case in point is today's report by Mike McIntire on highway safety. It's not at all sexy, in the sense that Brittany Murphy makes no appearance anywhere in the story, but it's crucial work, and it's hard to imagine what this country would be like without this sort of journalism.

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