Reporter at NY Post admits that company policy says not to credit bloggers

TechDirt reports that a reporter at the New York Post told an inde­pen­dent NYC blog­ger that it’s com­pany pol­icy not to credit blog­gers and their blogs for scoops.

A writer at the blog wrote a blog about an ille­gal gym in a neigh­bor­hood. About a week later, the Post car­ried a story about the gym too that was clearly based on the blog post.

A reporter at the Post wrote back to the blog­ger after she com­plained about not being credited:

Post pol­icy pre­vented me from cred­it­ing you in print. Allow me to do so now. You did a fan­tas­tic report­ing job. All I had to do was fol­low your steps (and make a few extra phone calls).

I won’t dis­cuss at length the pol­icy of not cred­it­ing blogs (or any­one else). I’ll just briefly explain that as long as we can inde­pen­dently ver­ify every bit of info, we don’t credit.

You will find that the Daily News observes the same pol­icy, but the Times does not. (They often write an explana­tory phrase like, ‘The inves­ti­ga­tion into Mr. Spitzer was first reported in the New York Post.’ That’s not a real one. I just made it up. Although I would note that another Times pol­icy would pre­vent them from actu­ally print­ing the name of your blog, pre­sent­ing them with an unre­solv­able con­flict between two inflex­i­ble rules.)

Looking for­ward to “ampli­fy­ing” more of your good work in the future.

That last lit­tle “ampli­fy­ing” remark is snarky bull­shit, if you ask me.

This is a bit of a wrin­kle in the claim that some main­stream media types make that blogs are par­a­sites that only feed off of big media’s hard work.

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