Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Journalistic integrity?

EDIT: The Observer contacted VIN to ask about the copying of the article. VIN neglected to apologize, and even had the chutzpah to congratulate the Observer that "this should give you a good profile as we have more than 10K unique visitors daily." [the apple: ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!]

I found this disturbing.

It is an article on VIN, a "frum news" website, but did they author the article? No. Instead, they copied and pasted an entire article from the Stern College paper, The Observer, and didn't admit that they lifted the whole piece. They passed it off as their own work, when in fact someone else researched and wrote it. No credit was given. No link to the original article provided.

What kind of ethics does that represent, when a "frum" news website is ready to steal -- yes, steal -- an entire piece?

Not to mention that this throws all their other news pieces into dubious light.