[First filed: February 08, 2007 @ 17:53]
A lot of other news outlets followed up the story. Loadedog and his correspondent were briefly concerned the notoriety would lead to unwanted attention, but soon the storm passed.
Until this Monday when the Canberra Times’ Public Sector Informant grabbed a chunk of the text from the story and (as is too often the case) decided that “local website” was sufficient attribution, rather than actually mentioning the name of the site (as even ratbag bloggers would have the decency to do).
This sort of thing happens to us a lot (although thankfully it has been getting better). Loadedog, however, has more time on his hands and a more finely developed sense of injustice, so he’s off to Media Watch and the Press Council to get their thoughts on the practice. You can read all the details over on his remodeled site.
We await the outcome with interest.
UPDATED: Loadedog has more on the story with the Press Council ruling that journalist’s standards of attribution can be lower than high school students or ratbag bloggers. We await Media Watch’s approach to the issue