The decline of print media is very interesting to me. For all the scorn heaped on cable news for the nosedive of public trust in the media, I think an equal amount of blame should go to those newspapers that have failed their mandate. Today we have another story from this vein. The full story can be found at the Journal Inquirer [Edit: story now outside paywall, paywall nonetheless absurd], but some excerpts and the gist are as follows:
Essentially a number of local papers including the JI, Waterbury Republican-American, Torrington Register-Citizen, Bristol Press, and New Britain Herald are accusing the Hartford Courant of various forms of content theft, in some cases “the Courant appears to have lifted information from the other papers in its entirety without any attribution.”
In a posting on his Courant blog, Rick Green responded to the allegations derisively:
Please. Jim knows as well as anyone that TV, radio, small and big papers, and the AP have been doing this for years. It’s obnoxious and you should attribute what you use, but to pretend that the Courant has all of a sudden started on a plagiarism binge is pretty silly.
I think Mr. Green is on the right track about what is obnoxious about this situation, but isn’t quite there yet. The Attorney General has said that he would be willing to investigate any illegality, but has yet to receive any formal complaints.