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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Crediting The Source

Question for our professional journalists at the Shotgun:
Consider this and comment, if you would. (Hotlinks and images are at the original link.)

An image from My Pet Jawa was shown on MSNBC last night. The image was from a story I broke on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's website being hacked on 9/22 (story here). The image can be found below, in the extended entry. Despite my best efforts to get mainstream media outlets to run the story, none did. However, a number of bloggers took up the call to arms and the news slowly got out. I received hundreds of e-mails asking for Zarqawi's website address from that original post and it's follow up. The image I grabbed from Zarqawi's website also was reposted on dozens of other blogger's websites.

Yesterday, Zarqawi's website was hacked again (story here). That news was broken by Chad Evans at In the Bullpen (story here). Luckily, Chad grabbed an image from the website before the webhost fixed the problem. Both hacks were done by a group calling themselves "TeAmZ USA", their website is here.

A number of bloggers, including me, ran the story yesterday. By late afternoon, a poster at Free Republic had mentioned the hack. By yesterday evening at least one internet news source was running the story, and by late evening Reuters had picked it up (Reuters story here).

Last night I was flipping through the news networks and tuned in to MSNBC for a few minutes. They also picked up the story. They ran three images as background, all from the internet. One of them I didn't recognize, one of them was a screenshot saved by Global Terror Alert (the URL was embedded on the image, thus showing the MSNBC producer had simply grabbed it from the internet), and the last made me jump out of bed. It was the screenshot I had saved from the original hack job done by TeAmZ USA on August 22 (see below for image)!!! The hack job that I actually e-mailed a number of "legitimate news outlets" about. The hack job that not a single mainstream media source had announced.

This isn't the first time this has happened. Is there any discussion going on in the halls of the MSM about the ethics of using the research of others without credit, not to mention - compensation? For all the snobbishness from traditional media about the blogosphere, there seems to be no shortage of those in the profession who aren't above stealing from it.

Posted by Kate McMillan on September 29, 2004 in Media | Permalink


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PHOTO: Al Zarqawi's Severed Head in Pig Pen

WARNING: this graphic may be disturbing. Very bloody.

Also a couple of INSULTING GRAPHICS, (pig altered official FATEH logos), for your anti-terrorist TOOL BOX to send to terrorist webmasters, talk groups, recruiters etc.
Also you may click on my name to open link.

Posted by: john williams | 2004-11-23 3:26:15 PM

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