NUblog asks: "Why is the only reliable source for valid Web pages the single person typing away at home?" That is, why do Web companies -- with dozens of supposedly talented developers and designers -- ignore Web standards, while single-person-run sites (such as this one) are completely capable of creating valid code?
"Frankly, this is getting embarrassing," the entry says. "It's the kids showing up the adults." I might add that Wired News is that cool uncle all the kids like.
A few answers and theories are in my old blog entry, "Why news sites don't use XHTML and CSS".