For the second time in my short blogging career, lazy 'journalist' working methods have seen part of a blog post I have written stolen and printed in their publications.
The first time it happened, the guilty party was the local paper. I contacted them voicing my displeasure and an apology was issued in my direction. I accepted and let the matter drop. No real harm done.
This time the Sunday Mail saw fit to lift part of my 'Blatant racism at the BBC' post and insert it into this article.
It must be very simple to be a tabloid journalist these days. The wonder of google makes the cobbling together of stories easy and quick.
However, I would like to point out this and in particular the following part,
Non-Commercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
Yes, I know that in legal terms it really means nothing. But here in the blogosphere we have a few unwritten rules/understandings. Any blogger can lift anything from any other site and use it provided an acknowledgement is used.
The fact that a newspaper lifted and printed my words, to help it make money, sticks in my throat a bit. Even an E mail from them beforehand would have been nice and I probably wouldn't have bothered provided it was used within context.
They just did it.
many thanks to DL for letting me know they did it!