UPDATE : Press Plagiarist of the Year Award

Tim Worstall emails to point out that Andrew Sullivan (an über-blogger himself), has not given full attribution to blogger sources. Tim describes it as a sort-of-nomination, since some attributions are made and some are not, read about it here. Guido thinks it sort of bad enough, from someone who should know better, to merit consideration by the Press Plagiarist of the Year Award Judging Panel.

The Sunday TimesAtticus, clearly chastened by his recent nomination, has carefully given credit to two blogs today. The wonks at the Adam Smith Institute and Mike Smithson’s ever-excellent PoliticalBetting.Com are his cited sources. Rupert Murdoch has let it be known that he wants his media empire to take bloggers, online interactivity and engaging with their readership via the internet more seriously. Guido suspects the thought of becoming the inaugrual recipient of the trophy may have had an even more galvanising effect. (Recess Monkey would however still like a bottle as payment for the lifted story, so click on the Margaux Fund link on the right with your credit card to hand.) The Judging Panel will take Atticus’ recently improved behaviour into account come November.

Congratulations to blogger Scott Burgess of the Daily Ablution for breaking the story that The Guardian’s new trainee journalist, Dilpazier Aslam a Yorkshire lad, born and bred, is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir. The Indy today gives Scott full credit for his Googling investigative reporting, will the rest of the dead-tree-press?

Nominations close October 31, 2005 for the award, which will be presented at a Central London ceremony on Friday, November 4.

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Quote of the Day

Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


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