CNN on Hayne

Friday, August 21st, 2009

So I guess the important thing here is that CNN is giving the Steven Hayne story national attention.

That’s great.

And I guess I shouldn’t dwell too much on the fact that CNN piggybacked on my three years of reporting without giving me even the slightest acknowledgment. Journalists who have been in the game far longer than I tell me this kind of thing happens all the time. Bigger outlets don’t really feel obligated to credit smaller ones for breaking stories.

Still. A little frustrating.

I’m fairly sure CNN didn’t just stumble into this story on its own. The network’s producers spoke with two of my sources who say CNN’s people explicitly told them that they found their names through my Reason pieces.

Oh well. If this focuses more national attention on Hayne, West, and the people victimized by them, all the better.

Just. You know. A little hat tip would be nice. That’s all.

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57 Responses to “CNN on Hayne”

  1. #1 |  Andrew S. | 

    Sky @ 8/22 12:18 AM said…

    Mr. Cooper seems to have forgotten that before Katrina he was just another struggling journalist himself!

    Actually I’d consider him more of a reality show host at the time. Though I really did like “The Mole”.

    Hopefully all the comments in the AC360 blog will spur some people to do a bit of google work and search out Reason (or this site) for more of the stories.

  2. #2 |  Frank | 

    #46 I put my 2 cents in early (as in about 1pm EDT) and the moderators killed it.

    Probably because I used the “P” word. Oh, well, everyone else pretty much has made equivalent points.

  3. #3 |  SJE | 

    The vast majority of posters cried shame on CNN for failing to attribute. Well, its more than 24 hours later and they have not modified the story or provided any links that properly show Radley’s role.

    OK, its the weekend, but CNN was a pioneer in 24hr news. They should be able to do rapid updates, no? Their failure to do so suggest that they are (a) sleazy/unethical, for failing to issue a correction or (b) incompetent, in being unable to do so. Neither is particularly good.

    Come’on CNN, or are you the “Cojones Neutered Network”?

  4. #4 |  matt | 

    Since nobody pointed it out…

    Techdirt ran a piece about how CNN “borrowed” your work. They didn’t mention The Agitator but they did link to your Reason piece.

  5. #5 |  pam | 

    the Hayne segment has been rescheduled for Monday night, tonight. It took 2 days to sort out Bush’s lies last week so it was bumped.

    Comments have been shut down over there for now. I don’t know if they were embarassed for not giving Radley credit or if they don’t want other people’s stories of injustice in the criminal courts.

  6. #6 |  Amy | 

    Haynes seems very slippery. Good luck getting that greasy pig in the chute. CNN should have gave you credit for your previous reporting on this.

  7. #7 |  The Governor of Crunk--LOL | 

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