Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com August 26, 2011 at 8:30 am 5,480 44 Comments

Storm Shopping Clears Shelves — Residents are taking the advice of emergency officials and shopping for essential items in advance of Hurricane Irene. At the Potomac Yard Target store last night, shopping carts were at a premium, milk was running low and bottled water was completely sold out.

Two Candidates Challenge Brink — Del. Bob Brink will have to work a bit harder to keep his 48th District House of Delegates seat. Brink is facing general election challenges from Independent Green candidate Janet Murphy and from McLean resident Kathleen Gillette Mallard, who has ties to the Tea Party. [Sun Gazette]

Major Crystal City Employer Purchased — Bloomberg LP has purchased the Bureau of National Affairs, a specialized industry reporting outfit headquartered in Crystal City. Bloomberg says it plans to run BNA, which has more than 600 employees, as a “stand-alone subsidiary.” [Washington Post]

Office of Emergency Management Video — Rest assured that Arlington County is ready for Hurricane Irene. But be a bit worried about the county’s ability to properly operate a video camera. [YouTube]

Fairfax Times Rips Off ARLnow.com Quote — The Washington Post-owned Fairfax Times has copied, verbatim, a quote from an ARLnow.com article on the 31st District state Senate primary without proper attribution. The quote from Betsy Wildhack only appeared on ARLnow.com — we were the only news outlet there at the time — but yet now appears at the end of a Fairfax Times article without any sort of credit or acknowledgement.


    Where is the Arlnow legal staff. FREDTERP

    • It’s not a legal matter, but it is an ethical matter.

      • TGEoA

        This is the Times way of honoring you MLK style. By plagiarizing.

      • CW

        I believe that quotations made in the public domain need only be cited to the source, not to the recorder, no?

        I mean, when you see quotes of George Washington, or Caesar for that matter, is there attribution to whatever scribe wrote them onto sheepskin or carved them in marble?

        • South Arlington

          Most journalists would say “Wildhack told ArlNow ‘[insert quote’].”

          Or, Wildhack was quoted in several news outlets [if this were the case] as saying “xyz.”

          Public domain doesn’t just mean something is out in public–it means something that isn’t legally covered under IP law. In this case, if ArlNow got the scoop or exclusive quote, journalistic ethics and custom mandate that the print journalist cite ArlNow, since ArlNow did the actual reporting.

          • CW

            Right, I agree, most “journalists” (definition is become more loose each day) would do this – if it were the case that she told ARLnow this. But she didn’t tell ARLnow anything. This was in a public meeting. Is there a transcript? Maybe there is. I’m just saying this is not like she was giving an exclusive interview. She stood up at a public meeting and said this. Only playing the devil’s advocate here…except not really…this was not Woodward meeting with Deep Throat, it was someone talking at an open forum.

          • No, there was no transcript and no video.

          • CW

            Ok. That clears that up then.

          • TGEoA

            Are you planning on contacting the paper and ask for a correction to be published? Insist on the same page placement as the original article.

          • Clarendude

            Seems like there are other reasons to do this beyond eithics. If I’m a reporter at a major newspaper and I read a quote on a blog and that is the only or original source, there is some risk that it might be a misquote or something so putting the source is just prudent journalism.

          • Lee-n-Glebe

            Reporters can lose their jobs for plagiarizing.

          • nauckneighbor

            Not at the Washington Post or its subsidiaries! Just because it is considered a “major newspaper” does not make its employees journalists and others not. In regards to “loose journalists” I would put Arlnow higher than the Washington Post. It actually reports facts and covers Arlington! Keep the good work up!

          • Bluemontsince1961

            @nauckneighbor, I totally agree with you take on ARLNow vs. the Post. ARLNow is much better on covering our community.

      • SomeGuy

        I’m happy to see we’re discussing ethics in journalism today!

        At the risk of beating a dead horse, I’ll mention that CW, ZoningVictim, and I had a friendly discussion about related ethical concerns yesterday in the “ART Bus Hit and Run” comment section here:

  • TGEoA

    Cant operate a video camera? How much did that TV studio cost again?

  • Steve

    Eh, can’t be that big of a deal. that’s what Joe Biden would do in law school, and he still was allowed to graduate, take the bar, and become a politician.

  • Steve

    Dont’ forget to stock up on petfood if you have pets. They need to eat too.

    • V Dizzle

      Plus, they are edible in a pinch.

      • Just the Facts


        • V Dizzle

          Of course, I mean the pets themselves. Eating petfood would be gross.

          • If your dog is big enough, and you don’t feed him, you had better not go to sleep. You may lose a few fingers, toes, or other protusions.

      • Steve

        And if you should expire, they’ll eat you.

  • Rick

    Business as usual at Target

  • Nunya

    plagiarize, plagiarize
    let no man’s work
    evade your eyes

  • BerryBerryCold

    The conclusion we can make is, in the event of a real emergency, most of the population is screwed.

    For those who have supplies in their house to last weeks, if not months, you better have defenses set up, or you’ll see london style activities outside your house!

  • In a real emergency you don’t need milk, eggs, and bread. Water, yes. Canned food, perhaps. In a real emergency, a good guard dog and a firearm will save your belongings and your life.

    That said, this is just going to be a little bit of wet wind. In the land of concrete and steel, eh…. The horror!

    • SaveDaveMckenna

      Make sure to have ready access to your illegal gold hoard as well.

      • R.Griffon

        It’s illegal to hoard gold?

    • Maria

      Um, excuse me but how am I supposed to make my emergency french toast then?

      • Toots


      • Richard Cranium

        My question exactly!!!

  • Pablo Escobar

    Pablo Escobar is most concerned about his newly-installed dog shed, will she be flooded by sexy wet wind?

  • James

    Welcome to the intranetz in regards to your paragraph being stolen.

    In regards to the Hurricane, stocking up on stuff is just a joke around here…there is no need to.

  • Swag

    People are really freaking out over this hurricane? At worst, you’ll be stuck inside for a day. Do you really need generators, a months worth of food, emergency radios, etc?

    NoVA people are idiots. Grab a six-pack, eat the stuff that you bought months ago that’s been sitting in your cabinets collecting dust and read a book.

    • Sam

      Exactly. It’s not going to be broken levees like Katrina. Even with Snowpocalypse, the roads were closed for what, two, maybe three days in most places? Water is understandable… if you lose potable water, it would be good to have extra. But people don’t need 2 gallons of milk for one or two days. I moved here from Pennsylvania where school was delayed when there was a foot of snow, not cancelled for a dusting. Peoples’ reactions to weather is probably my favorite thing about living here. It truly is comical.

    • AllenB

      Who’s freaking out? The people who bought some extra water? I think more people talk about that online than it actually happens.

      Drama queens love comment sections (and yes, I see the irony in that).

    • If you live in Arlington, it is nothing. If you live in a more wooded suburban part of the DC-area it is very feasible you could be without power or have tree damage that could inconvenience you for some time. Just remember the TV coverage extends quite a bit further out than Arlington.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        I’d say be sensibly prepared, but don’t panic. I needed to get some type “D” batteries for my flashlights, and went to McLean hardware during my lunch hour. There were a lot of people wanting lantern type flashlights and the very patient and understanding staff telling them they were all sold out. A staff member told me they were pricing some “D” batteries and would have them out in 10 minutes. It was more like five, and jeeze louise, when they brought them out it was like vultures on a carcass. Good thing I’d gone to Giant yesterday during lunch, I’ll bet it was a mad house. OB, you and your dog be safe over the weekend and may you not lose power or have any damage to your house.

      • Ann

        My power was out for 5 days after Isabel, and I lived on Columbia Pike.

    • R.Griffon


      I was at CostCo earlier today, and people were loading up with multiple cases of water and such. I saw one woman with like 8 gallons of milk. It’s just silly. Get a few extra batteries, sure. Maybe a few staples if you happen to be low (we were out b/c we’d planned to go to the Tidewater area this weekend … so much for that). But the stockpiling I don’t get. You may be stuck at home for a day. You may be without power for a few days. How much do you really need?

      The bottled water really gets me. Do they know it comes out of your tap for (almost) free? If you’re that concerned, then fill your bathtub beforehand. It’ll last you for forever. 1gal/person/day is hogwash.

  • Jennifer K. Smith

    Regarding the video, mea culpa on my part! (this was not an AVN-produced video :-). I was using an iPad and should have held the device horizontally, vs. vertically. I promise I’ll do better next time. (And hopefully the message was still of value to folks.)

    Stay safe our there!

    Jennifer K. Smith
    Arlington County Communications

  • Here’s the issue, was a Fairfax Times reporter in the room when the quote was made. Was the quote only made to a reporter of ArlNow. If both reporters heard the same statement and both happen to quote it, there’s nothing “exclusive” about it. But, if I assume this is what ArlNow is saying, he was the only reporter to record the quote, and there was no transcript or video, then likely Fairfax Times just took the quote without attribution.

    This is a problem in journalism for many reason, one of which is, if you take a quote from another source, and don’t locate the source, how are the readers to know that it’s accurate? Fairfax Times is now weighing their credibility on ArlNow’s. Its also essentially then a “duplication” of reporting without comfirmation. The act of doing it implies Fairfax Times’s product is simply not as good as its competitors.

  • Aaron

    Another Post subsidiary, Slate, has provided multiple explanations of why plagiarism like this matters. If you recall, a Post reporter was found to have engaged in exactly this same behavior, stealing quotes from an Arizona Republic writer after the Rep. Giffords shooting, back in March.


    “The most serious fraud was perpetrated on Post readers, no matter what process Horwitz used to plagiarize the Republic. If she blindly plagiarized Kiefer, and Kiefer erred, then Post readers suffered because they read a faulty story. If she blindly plagiarized Kiefer, and Kiefer filed meh copy, then Post readers still suffered because they could have read something better. If she blindly plagiarized Kiefer and he did a brilliant job but she wasn’t sufficiently intimate with the facts to know whether he was filing brilliant copy or crap, she wouldn’t have known if she ought to redouble her efforts and out-report him, allowing those poor Post readers to suffer again. It’s lose-lose-lose for Post readers.”

  • BoredHouseWife

    It’s simple. Give credit where credit is due. It’s a tip of the hat.


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