But what about the reality of the working journalist? Noonan asked Fleischer how receptive he was to journalists writing for the Web. “If I say I’m Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal or I say I’m Peggy Noonan of PeggyNoonan.com, he’s not going to be as responsive. … I miss the big thing.” (The newspaper, I presume.)

Fleischer minced his words on this one. Sure, there are some blogs that are quality. But at the end of the day, “Nothing replaces the impact of the front page,” Fleischer said. I’ll let that be the final word for now.

Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.