Oct 8, 2010

Day Late, Dollar Short


Actually the story in today's Morning Call about the Lehigh Parkway sewage leak is six days late, and completely short in acknowledging the source of the story, this blog. Although the reporter was glad to ask me questions, and then quote a water and sewer activist I mentioned in our conversation, the mcall version doesn't even list this blog as a related story. Am I being petty? Probably, but it's not the first time The Morning Call didn't credit this blog for breaking the story.

20 comments:

Bill said...

When I read the story I knew that I had read it here first. Thanks for reporting on this issue.

gary ledebur said...

I had a mentor who always said, "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don't worry about getting credit for it."

Anonymous said...

Michael,
It is not about accomplishment.
I't about overall shoddy behavior.
That these fine folks chose not to credit their source is not at all surprising.
This biased rag existing within our center city does a lousy clean up job around their premesis, and NOTHING to contribute to neighborhood safety.
The Call has exhibited a see nothing, say nothing, do nothing attitude towards the neighborhood for as long as I can recall.
I expect nothing more.

michael molovinsky said...

gary, it takes a certain amount of ego to write a blog, to this i confess. this is about the fourth story which originated from my blog, but was uncredited. perhaps because i write concisely, the reporter believes he can dismiss attribution. i have often provided background material for stories in the paper, for which i did not expect, nor received, credit. save for this blog, and the dialogue it created in the blogosphere, the reporter still wouldn't know about the spillage.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Molovinsky,
Thursday in Lehigh Parkway more than 1,000 gathered to cheer on various school sponsored track teams. It was wonderful to watch, but one couldn't help but wonder if this type of event, exciting as it is, pays the city an impact fee for the resulting
wear and tear. With more than a thousand cars parked on the grass, surely there is some resulting damage. Who pays?

Anonymous said...

Reporter should have given attribution. Shame on his ego. We've seen many news stories appear in the Call days if not a week later than they first appeared here.

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Anonymous said...

Does the Call mention the health bureau's negligence?

Anonymous said...

"City Councilman Michael Schlossberg, head of the Public Works Committee, which has not held a meeting on this issue, said he is satisfied with the city's approach and said the only solution is a comprehensive one, which takes time and money." Morning Call

Boy, this is impressive. Wait for what? Why didn't Schlossberg host meetings after the Call's first front page story on this issue.

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michael molovinsky said...

i have deleted two comments, because it's very possible they were posted by somebody with their own axe to grind.

Anonymous said...

Mike, I agree with you, acknowledgment was the right thing to do.

Question on the article - is it really true that Allentown has received/pissed away (pardon the pun) $10 million from LCA and others over the past few years?

That's a heck of alot of cash.

michael molovinsky said...

we sold capacity we don't really have, and used the money for hamilton street grants

Anonymous said...

Everything in the article was reported at Wednesday's council meeting. Jarret was at the meeting, I saw him there. Maybe that is where the idea for the article came from. Perhaps he didn't even read your blog.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Molovinsky,
For so long you censored all postings, everyone knew it, there were no issues. Why not go back to that.

Anonymous said...

Censoring comments can be a pain in the butt, particularly if a given blog gets alot of comments.

It can take enough time in many cases just to do the research, actual writing and proofing of any given piece to start with.

Many bloggers have regular jobs and / or other interests to attend to over the course or the average day, one must understand.

EXPERIENCED BLOGGER

Anonymous said...

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

My brother told me this before I got started because he knew I would get pissed if someone swiped my material / ideas without proper credit.

"Expect to be ripped off, then take it as a compliment. Particularly if it's the 'professinoals' doing the thieving."

Sure enough, my brother was proved to be spot on rather early in my career and I was predictably miffed...

But then a regular reader told me what I really needed to hear, "We, the readers, know who puts what up first. Rest assured."

EXPERIENCED BLOGGER

michael molovinsky said...

anon 10:59, as mentioned in my post, i conversed with the reporter before wednesday's council meeting. i think, likewise, it's fair to assume that what was presented at the meeting resulted from this blog, and also subsequent posts at remember and lvci.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Molovinsky,
Just a point of view. We happened to have been here earlier and read the posts you deleted. We didn't see the "attack" you seemed to feel, rather thought the writers were sticking up for you.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Molovinsky,
Did you see this?
"The Easton Area Joint Sewer Authority discharged 65,000 gallons of untreated sewage to the Lehigh River during the past five years and periodically violated the terms of its environmental permits, resulting in an $8,350 fine levied by state officials, according to a news release issued Thursday."
Courtesy: Morning Call

Look at the amount of the fine.