>Update: From CNN: “CNN should have credited the Washington Post story and for our failure to do so, we apologize.” See quote from Farhi below.
Last night CNN’s John King and his panel swiped a story by WaPo‘s Paul Farhi and didn’t attribute him or the paper. Farhi’s story posted on Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Dare we say it? What comes around goes around — that’s what you get Farhi for stealing my TBD story! But no, seriously it doesn’t make it right. Farhi absolutely deserved credit for his media prowess.
CNN used the information from Farhi’s story about PBS editing out Tina Fey’s anti-Palin remarks during its broadcast of the Mark Twain Prize ceremony. The story was an actual scoop – not a widely distributed press release.
KING: That’s Tina Fey. She’s always funny. Now what we learned since then though is that PBS decided they say for time reasons to edit this part out.
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FEY: For everybody else, it’s a win-win unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years. But for most women, success of conservative women is good for all of us unless you believe in evolution. (INAUDIBLE) I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster.
Neither CNN nor Farhi had comment on the matter at press time.
> Update #2: From Farhi: “Credit is always nice, but as long as someone does their own reporting, it’s not really necessary. News belongs to anyone who reports it.”
> Update #3: CNN was not the only network to use Farhi’s scoop without attribution. FNC’s Bill O’Reilly did as well on his program last night. Other thieves: Gawker, Fox & Friends and Hollywood Reporter. O’REILLY: All right. Now, PBS edited a portion of Ms. Faye’s remarks out of the program. It says for time reasons.