Electronic journalism can be more prone to "and what else" because of the ease with which a paragraph or quotation can be lifted out of its original context and spread from blog to blog, gradually losing its connection to its original context. So, if I see something on a blog, I always try to track it back to its original source before I comment or propagate it further - to try and make sure that I have not missed the ".... and ...".
The first paragraph of this post, for example, shows a distinct possibility of an "... and ...", and, if you look in the print edition of the Tablet you will be able to see the distinct possibility of editing to fit the space.
Another example is this paragraph, from the Hermeneutic of Continuity:
Last year, as is fairly well-known, the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, at their Low Week meeting, discussed the phenomenon of Catholic blogging. Since then, the Tablet newspaper launched an attack on my parish because one of our four weekend precept Masses and one of our six weekday Masses is said in the extraordinary form.
What is the " ... and ..."? The weekend precept Mass celebrated in the extraordinary form is the principle Mass on the Sunday. It does change the story a bit ...
I recall, too, but have not been able to find the post involved, that Fr Mildew has at one point recently observed that he was less critical of a piece of Tablet reporting than some other bloggers. I saw the Tablet that particular week, and recall reading the article concerned and thinking rather the same. And wondered whether the blogosphere had reacted to an extract, and missed the "... and ...".
Which is by way of my contribution to discussion about Catholic blogging prompted by the Tablet editorial this week: here (a touch of the "polemical and vituperative"?), and here (more useful in distinguishing among Catholic blogs). I do think that editorial raises a good question when it says
Generally, blogs are far from an idealised forum for an exchange of intelligent ideas that would be constructive.
The word "generally", of course, covers over the fact that blogs are quite varied, and some are more thoughtful and others more controversial, and some are more careful and others less careful. But, in the media world, it is those who major on the controversial who gain the hits and the reputation rather than those who major on the thoughtful.
Mind the "... and ..."!