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That was pretty unscrupulous of them - I feel sorry for the people who had been through the experience too, it was their story after all.  The only small comfort I suppose is that your name wasn't attached - how mean of them.

posted by mneme on June 2, 2009 at 1:34 AM | link to this | reply

Re: You seem. I was numb at the time of writing this
Now I am less philosophical Johnmacnab

posted by Azur on May 17, 2009 at 3:01 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Wow. Thanks for the info on how newspapers treat writers....
that's the truth

posted by mysteria on May 17, 2009 at 2:15 PM | link to this | reply

You seem
to be more philosophical about the incident than I would have been.

posted by johnmacnab on May 17, 2009 at 9:12 AM | link to this | reply

Wow. Thanks for the info on how newspapers treat writers....

posted by WindTapper on May 12, 2009 at 10:18 AM | link to this | reply

I sometimes how much good writing is stolen off the internet.
One reason I love blogit is it isn't quite so easy although I suppose people do hack into here.

posted by Kabu on May 7, 2009 at 7:01 PM | link to this | reply

I have had a similar experience with a local paper. I was so very upset.
They had taken what I had written, reworded it to suite their view point, slapped their name on it. It is thievery.

posted by tessmae on May 6, 2009 at 10:18 PM | link to this | reply

What a sad story of greedy human nature of today.  No one wants to pay or give respect for work done, they just want to use one and steal quality work.   I don't think they are really fooling anyone.

posted by TAPS. on May 6, 2009 at 10:13 PM | link to this | reply

I cannot cannot cannot beliefve how low people can stoop
I've seen it a million times, and yet I still cannot cannot cannot believe...

Sorry about the world being shit, except you love.

I love flowers...


posted by mysteria on May 6, 2009 at 8:17 PM | link to this | reply

that is horrible !!!! I would've been so pissed !

posted by hazel_st_cricket on May 6, 2009 at 8:01 PM | link to this | reply

It just seems so underhanded on their part! I am with you, I would not my name associated with their sensationalism! sam

posted by sam444 on May 6, 2009 at 2:41 PM | link to this | reply

I think they have got a bloody cheek!!

anyways ..how are you Azur....it's been ages since we last spoke...are you on facebook by any chance - if so please add me....would love to catch up with you again....take care.

posted by _Symphony_ on May 6, 2009 at 5:36 AM | link to this | reply

Well, there's your story...print media getting like a used car lot.
I would never go to the press to convey information, only sensation. Unless you are rich or powerful enough to hurt 'em, they will screw it up to titillate readership, not tell the facts.

posted by majroj on May 5, 2009 at 7:10 AM | link to this | reply

Some editor at the rag you mention had already put his spin on things
in earlier versions of the story -- he wasn't about to let an upstart freelancer insert a contrary truth.  Now we know one reason so many newspapers are failing.  It's not just competition from the web.

posted by Pat_B on May 5, 2009 at 5:27 AM | link to this | reply

I guess you will just have to write a book...

posted by Ciel on May 4, 2009 at 3:43 PM | link to this | reply

Unfortunately, there is less and less call for anything of value in our media.

posted by LonerGreen on May 4, 2009 at 3:18 PM | link to this | reply

Goodness, it's really bad when they pull such shinanigans. I've
experienced similar...

posted by Ariala on May 4, 2009 at 3:15 PM | link to this | reply

Very interesting...and maddening, I'm sure!
Media is too often a joke when it comes to delivering real news. But then again, sensationalism sells...

posted by Katray2 on May 4, 2009 at 11:37 AM | link to this | reply

More flowers

posted by Anonim on May 4, 2009 at 11:34 AM | link to this | reply

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