Bloggers who report from great dictatorships and censored environments, especially deserve great respect and their reports can contribute to investigative reports, if one has reason to believe them. One can only discover that by knowing the history. The blogger may have a right-wing agenda or left-wing agenda, some kind of agenda. One does not know whether it was a clever broadcast by a government official pretending to be this blogger. In the meantime one can say “an unknown blogger, an anonymous blogger, unknown to this reporter, has said the following, had presented the following description of these events, which may well be accurate.” By emailing with a blogger one can get an impression of whether the blogger is truthful or not by finding out what they feel and think about the world, and that's something. But a skillful government propagandist would be very hard to find in a couple of emails. Security services are very good at planting false stories that deliberately mislead for agenda's that are unclear. Investigative journalists have this duty of care to present material that they consider to be truthful. A lot of the best stories are presented by anonymous people in strange cities who are government employees.
Bloggers telling the truth
Given current technology the Internet facilitates millions of bloggers offering stories that could be used as witness accounts. However, states MacFadyen, one has to know whether a particular blogger has a history of telling the truth.