[SLC Media] The last time City Weekly's Bill Frost blogged about the local mainstream media's occasional practice of lifting stories from CW with nary a hint of attribution to the original source or an attempt to write their articles a bit differently, a poster gave him a raft of shit for being thin-skinned.
Well, critics, bring it on.
Today, as I scanned my morning Salt Lake Tribune, I found two stories that CW published last week and the week before that. First, CW political columnist Katharine Biele was the first local journalist to dig up the parallels between Oklahoma's ultra-punitive immigration legislation, which Utah legislators have scrambled this year to copy. Biele pointed out that one conservative Oklahoma state legislator this year has had serious reservations about the 2007 law, and is sponsoring a series of repeals of the harshest provisions. The same source, in the same story, showed up today in the Tribune. Two weeks after CW published it.
CW staff writer Ted McDonough five days ago blogged here noting how Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker had changed his position on a bill he originally fully supported with state Senate sponsor Chris Buttars to seal discipline records of police officers from the public. Today, the same story showed up in the Tribune.
Do we protest too much? Maybe. We're the little guy in town. We're not always first againt those big, bruising dailies, but when we are we might just tell you. Hey. If we don't promote our work, then who will? (Holly Mullen)