Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Dear Joe Strupp

I sent a letter to Romenesko last night containing an excerpt from my previous post (minus the f word) which was posted at Poynter Online earlier today.

Along with the Romenesko letter I am also posting the first email I sent to Joe Strupp at Editor & Publisher which he never responded to, let alone, reported on:

Re: E&P, Gannon and plagiarism 5/4/2005 10:44:42 AM

Editor & Publisher's Joe Strupp, who writes an awful lot about Jeff Gannon, absolutely refuses to write one word about the plagiarism I've exposed at my blog Why Are We Back In Iraq? even though I've written him three times (and a number of other Editor & Publisher writers in one mass email I sent over a month ago) and everywhere from Media Matters to Wonkette to Americablog to CJR to The Raw Story to Eschaton to Daily Kos has mentioned it. Weldon Berger of BTCNews even had a letter published here at Romenesko about it: Eschaton.

Over a month ago, Atrios wrote, "One of the Gannon issues which sort of got lost in the shuffle when all the hotmilitaryescortm4mstuff came out was the fact that, among his other issues, he was a serial plagiarizer. Media Matters caught him lifting from GOP docs verbatim, and my good friend Ron has him stealing stuff from the Associated Press."

Why won't Joe Strupp write about Jeff Gannon's plagiarism? Who is he covering up for?

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 10:12:11
From: "Ron Brynaert"
Subject: Another Talon News plagiarist
To: "Joe Strupp"

I just posted an article on my blog ("Why Are We Back In Iraq?" at that relates to PropaGannon - Jeff Gannon and Talon News.

It concerns another Talon News "correspondent" by the name of Steve Roeder who completely ripped off an article from the New York Times and Fox News on the very same day. Here is the URL link for the story...which I call "Fake Ass Talon News" but you can call it whatever you want [as long as you link to it :)]: link.


You might want to change that last sentence on the About page to Talon News filches stories from other media outlets. Mr. Gannon is not the only plagiarist on the staff of the Talon News. And it's not just the White House who's words are being lifted. Talon News also cribs from The New York Times and Fox News.

Just after the 2004 election "results" were officially certified late Thursday afternoon on January 6, 2005, a report by Carl Cameron, Julie Asher and Jim Mills appeared on the Fox News Website: link On January 7, 2005, the article - "Congress Ratifies Bush Victory After a Rare Challenge" written by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and James Dao - was published in The New York Times (excerpted at this cache link), although it most probably was available at The New York Times Website sometime late Thursday evening. On Friday, Steve Roeder, a "correspondent" for Talon News "wrote" a practically identical "article" called "Dems Fail in Ohio Electoral Vote Challenge" which is (how do you delicately put it?) practically stolen (Steve Roeder from Talon News is a plagiarist):

Roeder - A joint session of Congress resumed proceedings Thursday evening and quickly ratified President George W. Bush's November election victory.

Cameron, Asher & Mills - A joint session of Congress resumed meeting Thursday evening and quickly finalized certification of President Bush's 286 Electoral College votes to Democrat John Kerry's 251.

Roeder - Certification was halted for the majority of the afternoon when Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) stopped the formal declaration process.

Cameron, Asher & Mills - The certification was delayed for several hours after Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, stopped the formal declaration of Bush's second term to protest voting irregularities.

Roeder - Boxer said on the Senate floor that she and Jones wanted to "shed some light" on issues of reported voting irregularities in Ohio and nationwide election reform.

Cameron, Asher & Mills - Boxer said on the floor of the Senate that she joined with Jones to "shed some light" about the issues of reported voting irregularities in Ohio as well as election reform throughout the nation.

Roeder - Lawmakers were forced to retreat to their separate chambers for two hours of debate and a vote on the challenge.

Stolberg & Dao - Instead of holding a courteous joint session to certify the election, lawmakers were forced to retreat to their separate chambers for two hours of debate and a vote on the challenge.

The following line appears on the Talon News Website: "Copyright © 2005 Talon News -- All rights reserved."

Tell that to Fox News: "This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Copyright 2005 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved."

ron brynaert


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