NY Post Reporter Admits That It's Company Policy Not To Credit Blogs Or Other Sources
from the parasites? dept
Remember that Washington Post reporter last month who got all sorts of attention for claiming that a Gawker writer “ripped off” his story, despite linking to it multiple times? Many mainstream press folks sided with Shapira, in using this as an example of how blogs “parasite” newspapers. Yet, as the actual numbers show, the real relationship is quite symbiotic, with stories moving back and forth across alternative media and traditional media. And… it seems pretty clear that alternative media is a lot more likely to give credit and/or link to an original story. We’ve highlighted a few different cases of those traditional newspapers taking stories from bloggers without credit.
Charles Vestal points us to another such case, but in this one, the reporter confessed and noted that it was company policy not to credit bloggers. In this case, it involved a local New York City blog that goes by the charming name NewYorkShitty.com. Last month, it reported on an illegal gym in the neighborhood. A little over a week later, the big News Corp/Rubert Murdoch-owned NY Post wrote an article covering just that story that seemed pretty obviously taken straight from the original.
So, the author of the blog post, one “Miss Heather” contacted one of the NY Post reporters, who quite openly admitted to using the blog post for his story, and then said it’s against corporate policy to credit bloggers with scoops. Apparently, the same applies at the NY Daily News as well:
Post policy prevented me from crediting you in print. Allow me to do so now. You did a fantastic reporting job. All I had to do was follow your steps (and make a few extra phone calls).
I won’t discuss at length the policy of not crediting blogs (or anyone else). I’ll just briefly explain that as long as we can independently verify every bit of info, we don’t credit.
Now, this isn’t a surprise, but how come that Washington Post reporter’s claims of blogs being “parasites” got so much attention a few weeks ago, when it involved a clear case where the blog quite deliberately cited and linked to the original — but a situation like this, where the NY Post blatantly got the story from a blog and admits it, doesn’t get any attention at all?