The U.S. News scribe takes on a Roll Call contributor over some journalistic ethics. A taste:
Doesn’t Roll Call, the Capitol Hill insider bible, know that we reporters are supposed to play “gotcha” games with politicians and not each other? Well, one of its contributors apparently didn’t get that memo. I know because a story I posted online last week about a House GOP “death list” of candidates likely to face defeat was the subject of the Roll Call story written by Rothenberg Political Report Political Editor and Roll Call contributor Nathan Gonzales. For some reason, he tried to compare the Whispers list with another posted online in a bid to out our source, a big no-no in my book. He made the lists sound alike. They aren’t. They don’t even look alike: Ours was in Word, his in Excel. And for some reason, the reporter found meaning in the actual time our story posted and the minute the other list published, suggesting that they were the same because they went live on the Web just some five hours apart. Of course, this embarrassment could have been avoided if he had waited a little before pushing the online-publish button.
Read the rest here.