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Monday, October 04, 2004

Swallow Your Pride, Credit Blogs

Campaign Desk:

Scoops and attribution are our topic today; specifically, who deserves credit for breaking one of the weekend buzz stories coming out of the debates. We're referring to Fox News' fake posting which quoted John Kerry as saying: "Didn't my nails and cuticles look great? What a good debate!" [...]

Stephen C. Clemons at The Washington Note writes that Josh Marshall broke the story about the phony cuticle quote, attributed to Fox's Carl Cameron. Clemons writes: ["]Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times in his report on the fabricated Kerry posting says nothing of Joshua Marshall's investigation or his reporting.["]

Now, in this case, it's Josh Marshall. Real journalist, real name, credit him. But are you really going to credit some person of unspecified gender named "Stet," some guy named "Gen. JC Christian, Patriot," or some blog named "Little Green Footballs?" Their reporting may be as gossipy and dodgy as a blog's, but there may still be things that are below The New York Times.