Confessional: Reporter Laments the Google Wave

At a panel Monday, the Christian Science Monitor’s Capitol Hill reporter Gail Chaddock expressed self-horror over the influence Google currently has on media and Capitol Hill. She spoke of a former congressional spokesman who never consulted his boss before doling out his comments, saying he’d miss the “Google wave” if he operated like that. She discussed her own propensity to check for the morning “Google wave.”  The audience chuckled. She says, “The Google wave is serious. I get up every morning and it’s the first thing I look at — what is cresting on Google and how quickly can I write something to catch the Google wave? I wish I weren’t doing that, but I am. And so is everyone trying to survive in the current media environment.”

C-SPAN was there to capture her thoughts.