Monday, March 27, 2006

AP Plagiarizes Raw Story

'I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet.'
Raw Story's managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna writes that when confronted about it, "an AP senior editor and ombudsmen (...) both stated that they viewed us as a blog and because we were a blog, they did not need to credit us." They said "we do not credit blogs".

WTF?!? This is really messed up, and the AP isn't the only corporate media outlet these days doing this. It seems to be becoming the norm in newsrooms to outright steal the work of others and pass it off as their own.

Just last week, Josh Marshall's brainchild the TPM Muckraker documented three such cases in which the AP the Washington Post and the Post Star all borrowed on their work without giving them any credit.

The Pentagon is conducting an internal review of how Mitchell Wade's MZM got contracts to work in its top-secret domestic counterintelligence office, CIFA. In citing parts of the MZM story we broke, the story doesn't name us, giving credit to only as "other Web logs." So we'll just credit this story to (other newspaper)
The AP reports that Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) is suffering attacks from Democrats, who want to know why the Justice Department recently examined Sweeney's records. Seems like I read something about that somewhere... (AP)

Oh, yeah, it was here. Or as this article coyly puts it, "several political bloggers suggested the Justice Department review might center around commissions Sweeney's wife collects for raising campaign contributions for the congressman." Come on, give us a little credit here. We work hard. (Post Star)

For starters, let me point out the obvious. Neither TPM Muckraker nor Raw Story are blogs. What about either of them says "blog"? Nothing! Any corporate media outlet that refers to either as such has lost credibility right there.

TPM and Raw Story are both legitimate online news outlets that focus on US politics. They both collect and summarize pertainent articles and documents daily, properly linking and crediting their sources, and both also do top notch investigative reporting on their own. TPM Muckraker just got going and already it is a force to be reckoned with. What's more, they're both sites that owe no allegiance to any special interests or corporate empires, which makes them all the more honest and reliable as legitimate news sources compared to those who would steal on their work and try to pass it off as their own.

That said, where do they get off stealing the work of anyone from any source, even if it was a "blog", without any attribution?


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