New York Times picks up Three Sonorans’ Glassman story and gives Citizen credit — Arizona Daily Star has a crow to eatby Hugh Holub on Oct. 02, 2010, under politics
The Tucson Citizen’s preeminent progressive political blogger David Morales (Three Sonorans) broke a major story in his blog about how US Senate candidate Rodney Glassman may have plagiarized to write his PhD Dissertation.
The Arizona Daily Star followed the story and made a snipe reference to Morales’ work.
But a writer for the New York Times also followed the story, giving credit to the Citizen and noting the Star chased the Citizen story.
The Star’s conduct in dealing with the Citizen unfortunately is not only about the “legitimate” media’s contempt for bloggers…it also shows why Tucson itself leaves a lot to be desired in honoring its own talent.
Tucson is the sort of town where only people from the outside have credibility…hence the millions spent in the community to hire “experts” from out of town to advise on stuff like Rio Nuevo.
God forbid someone in Tucson is of equal value and experience.
The Citizen has attracted some of the best local writing talent. Citizen writers such as Morales go the extra mile to check their sources and do a professional piece of work.
Really nice to see that the flagship of American journalism has the guts to acknowledge the Citizen and its writer.
The Times has handed the Star a crow to eat.
What is going to be interesting to watch is where the owner of the Citizen…Gannett…lands in all this.
As noted by a number of the Citizen bloggers, Citizen bloggers (except the sports guys) do not get paid for their work done here.
Gannett has the opportunity to turn the Citizen into a really top notch on-line newspaper that obviously could kick the Star’s butt in town.
The Citizen could easily become the national model of how one creates a community on-line newspaper.
Citizen editor Mark Evans has done an extraordinary job of recruiting a talent pool that shows off the best of the region….whether it be sports coverage or all sorts of “how to” and lifestyle coverage such as Carolyn Classen’s Carolyn’s Community blog, Cherlyn Gardner Strong’s Paranormal Old Pueblo blog (which has a national audience) , Denise Early’s Medicare and More blog and Linda Strader’s Dry Heat Gardener blog to name a few. And now the Citizen is even a political force in the region.
The New York Times picking up on the Citizen ought to speak volumes to the Gannett bosses in McLean, Virginia about the quality of people in Tucson that are creating page views for Gannett and getting nothing in return…except recognition by the top echelon of American journalism that folks here are good enough to be recognized nationally.
In the real world outside of Tucson in another city, the counterpart to the Star in that city would be hiring Morales away from the Citizen and paying him real money to be a full time investigative reporter.
Alas, we’re in Tucson….and even with crow feathers in the Star newsroom…they won’t even apologize for their small town sleight of their homeboy Morales.
You understand why anyone with any kind of talent who lives here eventually leaves Tucson for the real world.
Tucson needs to acknowledge its real motto…”Tucson…where our local talent is always treated as second rate”.