WaPo Argues: Censor Blog for Sending Us Readers

Quipping that “usually newspapers are big defenders of free speech, but not the Washington Post,” economic reporting critic Dean Baker (Beat the Press, 8/2/09) takes down the paper’s recent piece giving over “nearly 2,000 words to complain that a website had ripped off” one reporter’s story. Careful to say that “the problem was not that the website had plagiarized the piece”–indeed, the “story was credited and even linked to by the website, which was a major source of readers for the original article”–Baker tells us that the Post “is upset that the website may have made money off his work, […]