Friday, January 27, 2012

If it's an "investigation"...

...then doesn't that mean the news organization reporting the investigation actually did the work?

ABC News touts on the "investigative" link from its home page a report about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his taxes. But when you get to the end of the fifth paragraph you read this:
Several Republican election lawyers told ABC News Thursday that the account still needed to be disclosed because a Romney trust earned about $1,700 in income on the account during 2010. The campaign's decision to amend the forms was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
You want to read the Los Angeles Times story, don't you? Well, here it is. 

Now, if I'm going to call out ABC News, then I need to be honest -- I wasn't the first to "investigate" its story. Here is the tweet that called my attention to it: ABC News "Exclusive" on Romney failing to disclose Swiss Bank account includes the line "was first reported by the Los Angeles Times". It was posted by Sam Stein, the Huffington Post's political editor and White House correspondent.

Oh, and let's remember that Huffington Post joined over the weekend in "reporting" that Joe Paterno had died; both organizations 'liberally borrowed' from, which had done the heavy lifting on that story.

Perhaps the Huffington Post needs to be careful about calling out others?

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