Monday, March 27, 2006

Plagarism... By The MSM?

Over at the Huffington Post, I noticed a very intriguing story that may further erode any credibilty MSM still has. It opens:
There are many things that bother me about plagiarism, but nothing irks me more than when a mainstream reporter (or organization) with all of the resources of a small nation at their disposal lifts from the small press, freelance journalists, and bloggers.

As Glenn Reynolds notes, a "we don't credit blogs" policy doesn't seem to be a very good defense.

With the enormous increase in credibility and recognition in the blogs have experienced, and their ability for rapid response to breaking news, it is very plausible that MSM journalists often get beat to the punch on stories they would normaly cover. It is also equally plausible that while some journalists still cover thse stories in their own way, others might be tempted to cook up stories very similar to ones already posted on the internet by various blogs.

None of this may be true, but it is certainly a very possible scenario, and one that perhaps deserves more attention than it is currently receiving.