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On news sourcing

2012-08-14 15:45:17.992935+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Feminisnt: NPR's On the Media and Sarah Abdurrahman violated Creative Commons licensing, stole from my blog without attribution:

Updated after NPR responded by snidely mocking me on their web site and refusing to so much as apologize. If they would prefer to handle this as an internet flame war, I'll give them one Google will remember until the end of time.]

Attribution for news and such like this is hard, but I've always found the smarmy tone of "On The Media" annoying, and I really think that news organizations need to start being more honest about their sourcing. There was another AP "Social Security is doooomed! Dooomed, I tell you! Dooooomed!" press release rewrite on the wires yesterday without clear indication of which policy think tank SuperPAC sourced it, and a bunch of Romney/Obama back-and-forthing recently has clearly been dueling press releases: If news organizations want to be taken seriously they need to start releasing sourcing information.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-08-14 20:43:33.039768+00 by: Dan Lyke

And I think NPR in general is actually pretty good, but, yeah, On The Media definitely comes across as Radio Moscow. Which may just be exposing my own biases...

#Comment Re: made: 2012-08-14 18:09:12.240861+00 by: petronius

I remember a rare bit of honesty from "On The Media" about 2 years ago. Some guy was floating a proposal for a government-funded journalism collective along the lines of ProPublica, in order to keep investigative journalism alive in the age of dying newspapers. The idea was roundly derided by both Left and Right, the one afraid Karl Rove would be in charge and the other afraid of Keith Olbermann. Anyway, the promoter went on OTM and spoke very earnestly of how objective it would be. The OTM host greeted this very skeptically. When the promoter said "But people trust NPR!", the host replied, "I sorry, but 50% of the population think we're just Radio Moscow!"