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Gone are the days when “journalists” can take stories from good people working really hard. I saw it at @CarrollQuigley1 first and because his mind was on it I left it alone. But this brings up a really good point. Stay with me.
This was discovered using open source information - meaning EVERYONE had access to it. Sometimes dozens of people are doing research on the same topic. TYPICALLY each of them will find something different and obscure. OCCASIONALLY they all find the same thing but each adds to it.
When you’ve got a ton of open source researchers digging a story you are bound to have a few folks come up with the same thing. Each will claim its “breaking” and to they and their followers it is. Sometimes something is super obscure and only one person puts it together
In a case like that, the story is THEIRS and they deserve the credit. It’s happened to me several times. It’s also happened to me that I was notified I’d found something and so did someone else. In cases like that if I can trust the other person I always give a hat tip.
We all work REALLY hard. I’m at it almost 18 hours all day every day. So I can vouch that it ABSOLUTELY sucks when someone scoops up your hard work and presents it as their own. It’s happened to me so many times I’ve lost count. However things are changing.
We all knew the people who were talking about this on twitter. I think the “legacy” article that came out took a lot of those peoples research without credit and used it to expand the story. Long thread - bear with me.
That isn’t ok. Credit should ALWAYS be given in cases like this. However, how you handle these situations is often more telling than what happens to you inside when you get burned like this.
The conduct I’ve seen tonight has likely rendered someone completely unable to break a story in the more mainstream scope of television again. If you consider yourself a journalist, you know that the relationships you develop behind the scenes are NEVER to be exposed
You know people. You share info. You give a tip- you always do it for the good of the information reaching more people. When you get burned you place that in your memory bank and remember it for the next time. Sharing personal messages etc is NEVER ok UNLESS
you are accused of doing something you didn’t do, and the ONLY way you can vindicate yourself is by sharing them. Anyone who shares personal messages publicly without following really specific etiquette has severely damaged their ability to gather information and function moving
forward. It’s just impossible to garner any sense of trust after that - ever again. Some people had their work taken and just sent a friendly tweet asking for credit in the future. Some said nothing and just will always remember. Also, without knowing the intricate workings
of a news organization, you have literally no idea where to place blame. So as infuriating as it is, and as messed up as it is, you really just have to shake your head and vow to become more effective and trusted - so people are coming to you first, you grow, and you reach
further. There are many people on my list of “thieves”. I can promise you that as my organization grows, they will need something from me one day. And guess what? They won’t get it. Because I remember. I always remember. THAT is how you enact your “revenge”
A huge kudos to all of the indies out here doing amazing work to expose what the legacy media will not. We are the media now. They can kick, they can scream and yell, but trust is something EXTREMELY hard to get back, and integrity is irreplaceable.
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