Politico Rips Off The Cable

By Betsy Rothstein Comment

Somehow Politico‘s Tim Mak missed the Drudge hit awarded to Foreign Policy Magazine’s The Cable blog last night for this story. The news, published on The Cable at 4:21 p.m. Monday, was that U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford was assaulted in Damascus.

By this morning at 9:03 a.m., Politico had published Mak’s story and didn’t bother crediting The Cable’s blogger Josh Rogin, who, understandably, was livid and wrote Mak to complain.

Just moments ago, Politico tucked Rogin and The Cable into its fourth graph. This was four hours after their story first published. Better late than never. This is precisely how they handled CLICK’s thievery of our recent Kardashian wedding item — a day later they were kind enough to add a citation. Good for them for at least redeeming themselves and giving credit where it’s due.

Still, as the old saying goes, cheaters never prosper.

We’ve requested a comment from Politico Editor John Harris.