WaPo Rips Off Two Stories; Media Writer Says it Doesn’t Matter

By: E&P Staff

Betsy Rothstein| Mediabistro.com (FishbowlDC)

This weekend WaPo ripped off two media stories from other media outlets without crediting those sources. One was the MSNBC Keith Olbermann suspension story, which was broken by Politico‘s Simmi Aujla on Friday morning. Mother Jones and the Christian Science Monitor were among a variety of publications to cite Politico. The second WaPo steal was our story breaking the news that General Manager Jim Brady was leaving TBD. WaPo‘s Melissa Bell posted online about Olbermann’s suspension Friday without citing Politico. WaPo ran both the Olbermann and TBD stories in Saturday’s print edition with first-day ledes a day after the stories broke.

FishbowlDC asked Paul Farhi, who wrote WaPo‘s Saturday TBD story: Does the Post have a policy of not citing the actual publications that break the stories?

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