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May 10, 2005
When blogs get scoops: Engadget and CNET
A kerfluffle in the gadget realm between Engadget and CNET over an XBox scoop. In the end, CNET's GameSpot and News.Com both made grudging bows to Engadget, saying that the news "reportedly" appeared on the blog over the weekend. Still, Jason Calacanis asks if bloggers should hold a boycott, and stop linking to CNET. My vote, if I have one, is no. Better to battle with criticism and even condemnations, which create dialogue. Boycotts, by contrast, stifle it.
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Of course bloggers should not boycot a site because of an editorial fight! However, the "big" media is going to have to learn that there's a lot of room in the park for smaller (like mine) and mid-size (like Engadget) sites.
Posted by: Ramon Ray at May 10, 2005 10:41 AM
This is one of those cases where I feel Jason's pain, but it's not as if this issue is limited to bloggers.
There have been a number of times in the past when we've broken some piece of news, and several days later it is "reported" in some major market publication (in one case, the NY Post). Without attribution to the original source.
It's a lazy joournalistic practice, but it's not exactly a new one, sadly enough.
Posted by: Rick Ellis at May 11, 2005 01:36 PM