Murdoch's NY Post Continues To Source Articles From Bloggers With No Credit
from the what's-stealing,-Rupert? dept
Rupert Murdoch and his minions at News Corp. have been going around banging the drum that Google and others are “stealing” from News Corp. newspapers by linking to their stories and sending them traffic. But at the same time, they seem to have no problem totally taking credit for stories that they source from elsewhere. Late last year, the Times (of London), which is a News Corp. paper was caught publishing someone’s blog post without their permission at all. And then there’s the News Corp.-owned NY Post, which last year had a reporter admit that it was the paper’s “policy” not to credit bloggers as the sources for stories. After that story came out, the NY Post insisted that wasn’t true, but it appears the paper has been caught doing it again.
Andrew Fine alerted us to the news that suggests the NY Post used one of his posts as inspiration for a story. Fine had written about the rather disconcerting sign in a Chuck E. Cheese in Harlem. That blog post got some attention on various other blogs… and then just a couple of days later, the NY Post had an article about the very same sign (apparently, it took two reporters to write that article), with nary a mention of Fine’s original blog post (or even any of the other blog posts that promoted Fine’s original story).
Now, to be clear, while I do think it’s good manners to cite where you sourced a story, it’s certainly not required (legally or otherwise) by any means. But where it gets hypocritical is for this to come from an organization that claims that other sites merely linking to its articles are somehow “stealing.” But when the NY Post comes in and blatantly borrows an idea from someone else, and does so without credit, that’s perfectly fine? It seems like Murdoch and News Corp. have quite the double standard going.