Mainstream Media Not Crediting Bloggers?

The Consumerist points us to a story at The Huffington Post, where an AP journalist was caught plagiarizing a story posted by a blogger.

We contacted an AP senior editor and ombudsmen both and both admitted to having had the article passed on to them, and both stated that they viewed us as a blog and because we were a blog, they did not need to credit us. What we are or are not is frankly irrelevant. What is relevant is that by using a term like blog to somehow excuse plagiarism, the mainstream press continues to lower the bar for acceptable behavior.

The plagiarizing is shameful. But it’s also sad that some traditional media outlets continue to not credit (or link-to) bloggers as the source for a story.

Which mainstream media sources do a good job of crediting bloggers? Any of them good at including hyperlinks?

  • rcjordan

    It’s not just blogs, Andy, forums as well, though most often it’s the lifting of an idea rather than outright plagiarism. That’s been going on for a few years now but has picked up markedly in the past two as old-line media started to scramble to CTA.

    I participate in a private forum where we would purposely plan to “seed” print articles by highlighting, say, a search engine’s atrocity du jour (privacy, walled gardening, slippery slope, etc.). Then we’d open the office pool as to when we’d see the headline and rewrite.

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    The plagiarizing is shameful. But it’s also sad that some traditional media outlets continue to not credit (or link-to) bloggers as the source for a story