Go on, sue Google for appropriating and profiting from your content, Associated Press. I look forward tostuff like this being read aloud in court:
* Speaking of yesterday’s kerfuffle, my intern Dan Weberbroke the story
yesterday that Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady was
contradicting himself on his previous support for a ten percent across
the board state budget cut. Brady claimed during a media availability
last week that he never supported an across the board cut and Dan
pounced while other reporters let it go. He pressed Brady to admit that
he had, in fact, supported an across the board budget cut. Brady
challenged Dan to“find it on tape” andDan did.
He also found other quotes of Brady in news articles claiming that the
GOP candidate did, indeed, support an across the board cut.
Well, Carol Marin led off her segment last night with Dan’s story, which she unfortunatelyattributed to me…
At least she got the news source right. TheAP then picked it up without any attribution at all…
Bill Brady is taking issue with a politician’s comments
on how to solve the state’s budget crisis. Problem is, that politician
Brady, the Republican candidate for Illinois governor, bristled last
week when a reporter asked about his proposal for a 10 percent,
across-the-board cut in state spending.
“I’ve never said ‘across the board.’ I’ve never said ‘across the
board.’ You find it on tape,” the Bloomington state senator said.
In fact, Brady has called for “across the board” cuts on multiple occasions.
The AP is the media giant most upset with little ol’ bloggers
rewriting their stories without attribution, yet here they do exactly
the same thing as those hated Huffington Post aggregators, but don’t
even provide a link. That’s outright theft in my book.
It’s how they roll. It’s how most of them roll, really, and again, the current problem for me isn’t so much that they do this. That isn’t new. My level of outrage about it hasn’t changed. It’s that they do this and pretend they’re too holy to even notice lowly little bloggers, except when those bloggers become an economic threat to them or have the temerity to be better at their jobs than they are.
See also Tribune, Chicago, which also features in the train wreck above.
The big boys really need to grow up and stop pretending that
alternative media doesn’t exist and, therefore, is not deserving of any
credit. I’ve dealt with this for 20 years, and now Dan is getting a
little taste of it. I don’t think he’s enjoying it. Enough, already.