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November 08, 2005

AP Corrects "Plagiarism" Hit Piece

A decent piece by the Associated Press's David Hammer:

[T]he Cleveland-area congressman's staff went on the offensive Tuesday when the author of the Web log, or "blog," said Brown had the right to use his words.

Brown sent the letter to Sen. Mike DeWine, whom Brown is challenging in next November's election, to call attention to anti-labor decisions nominee Samuel Alito had made while sitting on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. DeWine sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will preside over Alito's confirmation hearings before he can join the high court...

Newman, a lawyer who has fought for increasing Ohio's minimum wage, said he had e-mailed the Alito posting from his Web site, NathanNewman.org, to several activists for their use. He also posted it on one of the most popular Democratic blogs, DailyKos.com, in hopes that someone powerful would use it.

Newman pointed out the DailyKos site contains a disclaimer that says the content may be used for any purpose unless restrictions are noted.

The reporter didn't really write about the substance of Alito's decisions or challenge Mike DeWine's office on why they are supporting such an anti-labor judge.

But at least it's a good counter-offensive and in the end, the whole affair gave more publicity to the whole issue than if DeWine hadn't tried his whole media gambit.

Posted by Nathan at November 8, 2005 09:00 PM