It’s polite, but not necessary, to credit a competing journalist who breaks news first

“[M.G.] Siegler’s scoop was fantastic, but getting it wasn’t the news. Apple buying Chomp was the news. No-one owes us politeness, and hearing a story first doesn’t make us part of the story. It gives us a first-mover advantage. Isn’t that enough?”

Rob Beschizza, BoingBoing

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  • Anonymous

    Yeah, and how do you phrase the credit? Rumor first mentioned in passing in self-centered blog entry in TechCrunch?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517053985 Afi Scruggs

    Polite, but not necessary? How about ethical?