May 20, 2005

I Think Tomorrow I'll Scoop Them On Frankenstein. Or Maybe Marsupials.

Dangerous Logic leads, CBS News follows. Back on April 10, the Taipei Times had a story on million-dollar mobile homes in Malibu. Two days ago, I did a WTW story on it. Later that night, the CBS Evening News also did.

First Rathergate, then Bob "Every-other-word-is-'uh'" Schieffer, now this. When they're getting scooped by some schmuck who uses Google to find a month-old newspaper article from Taiwan... wow. It doesn't get much lower than that.

Posted by Chris at May 20, 2005 03:05 PM

Category: Media Stupidity

You might be surprised!

I blogged an entry about the anti-Japanese demonstrations that broke out here in Chengdu on April 3rd and the next thing I know some reporter from Reuters in Beijing is trying to contact me about my story.

Reluctantly I gave gave the guy a call and I told him what happened and what I saw. Next thing I know, Reuters puts it up on their website almost word for word as it was first written on my blog.

I think the guy has a future working at CBS or Newsweek. What do you think?

Posted by: Gordon at May 21, 2005 02:19 AM

Welcome to my nightmare, pal.

If CBS only read the blogosphere, they'd not only get their stories early, they'd also get them right.

It'd be a twofer.

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at May 22, 2005 08:40 AM

Gentlemen, there is clearly a moral imperative here. The future of network news is in your hands. I think we need many more stories about frankenstein and marsupials... 'cause they're fast.

Posted by: chess h at May 22, 2005 01:34 PM

When I saw that 'news' report, several hours after having read something that sounded suspiciously familiar here, I just thought how pathetic that now they're stealing from blogs & not giving credit(of course) in the hopes that nobody would draw a connection.

Posted by: Sara Thomas at May 23, 2005 02:36 PM