You still need boots on the pavement to gather the facts

This malaphor was uttered by Carl Hiassen while being interviewed on Orlando’s local public radio station, WMFE.  He was referring to the fact that even though many persons are now getting their news information from the internet instead of print newspapers, “you still need boots on the pavement to gather the facts.”  This is a nice mash of “boots on the ground” (troops in place) and “pounding the pavement”.(walking the streets, particularly in looking for employment).  A big thanks to Tom Justice for hearing this one!