1. Not citing blogs is “company policy”. As Ginsberg wrote:You did a fantastic reporting job. All I had to do was follow your steps (and make a few extra phone calls).
2. Ginsberg writes …Although I would note that another Times policy would prevent them from actually printing the name of your blog…
I have erected a mirror site with a much less objectionable url
(www.thatgreenpointblog) for just this reason. Yet the plagiarism
persists. It has become all too clear that “offensive” blog urls are a
3.Looking forward to “amplifying” more of your good work in the future.
So this somehow makes it “right”? Inasmuch as I riff on recent
journalism school graduates (which is what staffs many of the papers
here— as “independent contractors”— nowadays) I do not think they are
by and large dishonest. They need to eat and have a roof over their
head just like the rest of us— so they play along.
I do not blame them for doing what they have to do to earn a living;
I blame the institutions which employ them. As contractors, these
reporters are paid chump change for stories and thus have to churn out
a lot of material (usually for numerous publications) in order to make
ends meet. Given the workload they shoulder I am hardly surprised they
troll blogs for leads. What bothers me is the fact their employers are
profiting from their, my and many others hard work.