When someone does something that's wrong, I think they deserve a spanking.
That's why I'm calling out two reporters in Washington, D.C., for flat-out lying in their stories.
This week, we discovered that Politico's Vivyan Tran and The Hill's Megan McCourt stole our story on Ne-Yo. Not only did Vivyan and Megan use our red-carpet interview in their stories -- without giving us any credit whatsoever -- they also both claimed that Ne-Yo exclusively told them he'd like to collaborate with Barack Obama. [politico] [the hill]
He did not tell them that. He told Glittarazzi that as a direct result of our team's questions.
Are these so-called journalists so ignorant that they do not realize that failure to attribute other media outlet interviews is stealing? What is wrong with you shady reporter people, taking another reporter's story and claiming that it is your own? Are you not creative enough to come up with good questions on your own? You should have clarified. It's wrong when reporters steal other people's stories. It's the same thing as cheating on a test or punching someone in the face during a sports game.
It was our question that resulted in Ne-Yo even talking about POTUS Obama at an adoption event. So, at the very least, Megan and Vivyan should have either linked out to our video or written that Ne-Yo "told reporters" about his collaboration wishes. I view this as stealing intellectual property -- something that (unfortunately) happens from time to time in this business.
But, enough talk about it. The proof is in the pudding.
Please see our video, their stories and Politico's response, below.
Video: Ne-Yo Tells Glittarazzi He'd Like To Collaborate With Obama
Video: Eminem - "Love The Way You Lie"
UPDATE: Politico, Sept. 19, 2012
UPDATE: Kelly Ann Collins, Sept. 19, 2012
Their question was not the same as ours -- yet they published the answer to our question. This still doesn't make sense to me.
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