Lap Dog Becomes Watch Dog

In a new book published by the American Society of Business Publication Editors, trade publication journos are lauded for their groundbreaking investigative work.

According to a press release, business-to-business journos affected these changes:

* Making the U.S. Department of Defense come clean on weaknesses in its computer network after a report by Federal Computer Week.

* Forcing federal agencies to up their verification of job applicants after Government Computer News uncovered egregious resume padding by a top U.S. Department of Homeland Security IT official.

* Getting U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to make changes after the Daily Report for Executives uncovered the fact that disastrous chemical accidents could have been prevented by improved paperwork.

This is the kind of thing that restores our faith in journalism — even the “Myths and Misconceptions about Chemical Hardners” kind.