Blogs as a Source
This really bothers me. NLS had a breaking story titled LEIGHTY PLAYS HARDBALL. I read his post not long after it was posted. I kept up with comments made questioning his accuracy. It turns out NLS was 100% correct in his post. Today the WAPO ran this article. It mentions that this story was first covered on a web-log. It continues to damn near quote NLS word for word. Does the author Mike Shear cite or credit NLS? No. That sucks. In fact it goes beyond sucking. It breaks common rules that any high school student learns when they write a paper. The MLA states that that any Internet source must be cited. There are many different rules about this and styles to use. The bottom line in my opinion is Shear plagiarized NLS. If not, then Shear pushed it to the limit. Will is right in his post here tilted No Respect. It seems the MSM wants bloggers to adhere to such standards , yet those rules do not apply for them. I dropped Mr Shear a line about this. I would encourage all bloggers to do the same. It is only fair. Give credit where credit is due. To state just a "web-log" is not acceptable. You can email Shear here. I think you should. I simply asked "Why did you not cite Not Larry Sabato as the source? I will post any reply I receive.
UPDATE 1:30am- The WAPO has changed the article. Not Larry Sabato has been named as the one breaking the story. Very cool!
I received this
that should be fixed in the story in the paper.
Michael D. Shear
The Washington Post
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