I just posted a comment on TopJedi's article - busting myths about journalism and the author removed it within 4 minutes. Anyway, the good folks at Newsvine sent me an email informing me of that along with my entire comment. So, I didn't have to begin from scratch. Thanks, Newsvine.
Here is my comment that was deleted. I don't know if he's going to go and edit his article now. In any case, I did a screen capture of his original page so I post them if need be.
Just because I have lots of time in my golden years, I went poking
around on the internet. I went here:
and put in the URL of this article. Lo and behold, it took me to this
If you look under the first item titled "Objectivity", towards the end,
you'll see this:
Daniel R. Williamson, in his book Newsgathering, outlines the five
basic precepts journalists observe in attempting to present an objective
(1) impartiality. A news story must contain all
viewpoints—presented with reasonably equal balance—if it involves controversy.
(2) absence of conflict of interest. A reporter involved with causes or
organizations may be vulnerable to suspicion of partiality.
(3) opportunity of denial. A reporter is required to give an individual
about whom he is making a damaging allegation a chance to deny or
refute that allegation.
(4) absence of cronyism. This breach of ethics occurs when personal
relationships—such as those between a reporter and his news
sources—influence news coverage.
(5) avoidance of vengeance. A reporter should not use his access to the
media to report unfairly on individuals he personally does not like.
It is a word-for-word, bit-for-bit, byte-for-byte replica of what you
have here in this article. Why? Why did you do it?
Going back to your previous article,
myths of science , I noticed someone provided a link.
I checked out the link and your article is a *verbatim* word-for-word
copy of the Livescience article. The original article has 20 myths,
yours has 15 of those original 20. The *only* line you added was the line
about Newsvine in Myth 3. I also noticed you had mentioned "liberally
borrowing" which you later changed to "CTRL+C/V"
Why are you doing this? Why couldn't you have just seeded a link
instead of cutting and pasting an article in its entirety?
But, in this current article, you do not even credit a reference.
Why are you doing this? A real journalist would be ashamed to even call
I wonder what the fair and vigilant folks of Newsvine have to say about
this? So far, all I've seen are comments like this:
Thanks TJ, I learned a few things from this article. - Calvin
I enjoy your style of writing, especially the bulleted points. Make
it easy for simple people like me to keep track of.. - Aung
Wow TopJedi, excellent list. Me loves this!! - ChronoCr@cker
Haha, this is awesome TopJedi. - LankaFool
I love the Busting Myths series! - Calvin Tang
I found this one funny in an ironic way:
Maybe you can do one on Busting the Myth about the Myth Buster
series!! - Aung
Going through Newsvine, I did come across a couple of articles about
Perhaps, people will find them interesting. Ironically again, one of
them is written by one of the commenters here.