Wal-Mart Enlists Bloggers, New York Times Goes Off

The New York Times manages to make a huge story from the fact that some bloggers apparently “cut and paste” whole sentences sent to them by Wal-Mart and other companies.

Sheesh. I see this all the time with online news media – especially executive quotes from press releases. Why is it such a big scandal that bloggers do the same?

It looks to me like this is just another opportunity to rip on bloggers. Let’s get this straight, bloggers don’t live by the rules of MSM, they are individuals expressing opinion and sharing their thoughts. We don’t need publishing guidelines, AP style or fact checkers. Everything you read on a blog should come with a caveat emptor. You take it as you find. If you can’t handle that, I hear the broad-sheets are crying out for your readership.

PS. Assume the this blog “cuts and pastes” anything it sees fit from a press release or company email – sometimes, I’m too lazy to simply re-word something for the sake of it. ;-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/4410180 Nathan Weinberg

    Andy, did you cut and paste the quote “cut and paste” from the New York Times? Also, you shouldn’t use acronyms like MSM without clarifying them; that isn’t proper AP style.

    And the PS? So unprofessional…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/1685318 Andy Beal

    LMAO…

    Dang, I actually didn’t cut and paste the “cut and paste”, that would have been so ironic. ;-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/4410180 Nathan Weinberg

    Smilies?!? Smilies! Oh, how uncouth!

    Ok, I’ll stop now. Not going to drive the joke into the ground.

    TO get on the serious side, I know blogs break news of mainstream media screwing up (like the happens-every-few-months plagiarism stories), but are there blogs dedicated to finding mistakes in the MSM, just to embaress every NYTimes writer who cuts and pastes quotes, reprints press releases, steals quotes from other reporters interviews, fails to attribute online media, and quotes vague “highly-placed” sources? I’d love to read a blog that did just that, exposing the lazy shortcuts of mainstream reporting.

    The big difference between blogs and newspapers: When we quote a press release, we link to it. The reader always knows.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/1685318 Andy Beal

    A good point. If anything bloggers hold themselves to a higher set of standards – we feel compelled to prove our credibility to others and end up being more open than traditional media.