Sunday, May 30, 2010

JT steals another story

Once again the JT has stolen a story without credit. This time, they made the stolen goods their lead story in their Saturday paper.

Racine Uncovered, at, reported Thursday that Countryside Humane Society issued expired vaccinations to hundreds of pets since the beginning of the year. The site doggedly (sorry) followed up on the story and forced Countryside to release a press release on Friday. The JT apparently picked up the story from there. (We linked to Racine Uncovered on Friday.)

The JT's story gives the impression that it first reported the news when it's clear Racine Uncovered drove the story from the beginning (and continues to report on it). It's funny to read national concerns about blogs and websites stealing material from mainstream media. The reality, at least locally, is our daily newspaper steals stories from websites and passes them off as their own.


  1. "Our" daily newspaper is not ours, and has not been for a long, long time. They represent Lee Enterprises, not Racine, Wisconsin. When the JT Irregulars broke off from them, they scoured our site daily for months. Whenever I think of them, I think of "ferret-face" Frank Burns from M*A*S*H - uptight, lying weasels. And whenever I disagree with you or Pete or Randolph, I have to remember that you represent them, too.

  2. Interesting, but no surprising that the Journal Times does not employ reporters.

    What's the scoop on the 'dismissed' employee? It's not unusual for a disgrunted employee to run to the press, but unusual for the employer (government funded mind you) to remain speechless.

  3. ask cory to post the logs. easy to post how many
    lee enterprise hits there are

    i know in the past JT sent complaints to racinenews and racinenews proved RN had the story before JT

  4. There were threats made to The JTI too... mostly through "anonymous" posts. Orbs is right, our stats showed numerous hits throughout the day from The Journal Times IP addresses. They stole information from us too and posted the story as their own. Juvenile, high school mentality, copy your homework from someone else... Mimicry is the most sincere form of flattery, I guess? It all leaves a bad taste in my mouth!