It's hard not to smile when you look at a growing chasm between the Victoria press gallery and some in the blogosphere.
On some days, Global TV's Keith Baldrey can elicit a torrent of negative comments with a single tweet.
Stephen Smart also used to take a fair share of criticism when he worked as the CBC bureau chief and his wife was employed as deputy press secretary to Premier Christy Clark.
The Gazetteer is one of those blogs that routinely condemns conventional wisdom being dished out by scribes in the press gallery bubble.
Another blogger quick to pounce is Norm Farrell, who's behind the Northern Insight site.
In a post yesterday entitled "Agenda Journalism", Farrell tears a strip off of Black Press political reporter and press gallery president Tom Fletcher, noting that his wife is a public-affairs officer for the B.C. Liberal government.
Most of these posts appear to have little effect on the journos in Victoria. It creates a parallel universe between what we see and hear on newscasts from the provincial capital and what's being passed around over the Internet.
As an example, Fletcher wrote a column today justifying why the B.C. Liberal government removed a surtax on personal incomes over $150,000. It was as if Farrell's sting from the day before didn't even register.
The tax cut will result in more than $200 million in lost revenue to the provincial treasury.
"Ending the surtax not only kept a promise," Fletcher explained to his readers, "it kept B.C. competitive with Alberta on personal income taxes."
Fletcher went on to quote economist Philip Cross, who said that the top 20 percent of earners pay a bigger portion of taxes than they did many years ago. Finance Minister Mike de Jong will no doubt repeat this line in the future.
Cross is from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. That's one of those Hayekian public-policy institutes exposed in SFU professor emeritus Donald Gutstein's recent book Harperism: How Stephen Harper and His Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada.
Harperism is one of the most important books of the year because of its deep insights into how second-hand dealers in the media (like Fletcher) regurgitate Hayekian nostrums to the masses.
Yet within the mainstream media, Harperism has largely been ignored.