The problem, of course, comes when the gaming journalist stops being a mouthpiece and tries to do good journalism.
At that point, they stop getting exclusive interviews and hands-on. They stop getting juicy advertising deals from the big publishers and are basically relegated to being in the same knowledge pool as us, the ignorant gamer.
We, in turn, then stop reading their magazines and going to their websites because they have nothing there that we didn't know about already. So we end up going to the people who do have some exclusive info...the sell-out gaming journalists.
Even the sites that we tend to look to for the real scoop often pull their punches and stop short of telling us what they really want to say about a game sometimes because they can't afford to completely alienate the guys with the big pockets.
Its a sad state of affairs and I have no idea how to fix it.