A loyal Mayor Sam reader e-mailed me a very interesting question touching on the roll of ethics in the world of blogging. I thought I would share it with all of you. The reader wonders, "What should be done when a blogger has sticky fingers?"
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Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 11:25 AM
Subject: sticky fingers?
Dear Mrs. Yorty:
Since you seem to be the only woman writer on this blog, I wanted to suggest that you start your own advice column. I think it would be a great idea since I have yet to come across a political/blogging advice column.
On that same note, I have a question of my own. I am not a real big blog reader, but I do check out Mayor Sam and LA Observed on occasionn. On Saturday morning I noticed that you mentioned Howard Fine's reassignment off his Los Angeles Business Journal political beat. Seeing as how I am a businesss woman who reads the Journal, I am sad to see him move on to other things. Anyway, on Sunday I noticed that Kevin Roderick from LA Observed jammed your story in with some other junk. While it was nice of him to mention Mayor Sam, I am confused as to why he would recreate his own post on the topic this morning (Monday) sort of making it appear like something new. It seems a little backhanded that he would just regurgitate your tip as his own. What are the rules? Are you offended?
Thanks for suggesting the advice column. If I receive enough questions, I think it would be a great idea.
Moving on to your question about LA Observed, I must say that I am not a certified mental health professional so I am unable to accurately comment on Mr. Roderick's thought process. What I can say, is that Mayor Sam is always flattered when we are mentioned on Mr. Roderick's blog. However, we admit that we are concerned when we see that Kevin takes our tip, sends an e-mail to the Business Journal confirming our story, and then turns it into his own.
I understand that the blogging world is competitive, but the Mayor Sam site gives credit where credit is due. Mayor Sam and staff also believe in exercising patience and understanding for individuals who lack creativity and originality.
You know what they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery!
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