(Photo: Charles LeBlanc)
Twice now, CBC provincial affairs reporter Jacques Poitras has used information first mentioned in this publication without citing where he got it. The first time, our interview with CBC News about MLA Kirk MacDonald discussing a referendum in a Taymouth meeting June 15, was hi-jacked by Poitras, who used information from it that evening on the broadcast in discussion with host Harry Forestell. We were nowhere to be seen or mentioned. The second time was today. On Twitter, Poitras made a comment that would only be possible after viewing our video with Shawn Graham on the shale gas issue in NB. Again, Poitras didn't mention this publication had that information.
We realize many in the mainstream media sniff at bloggers and we are not considered 'real media' (at least that was the general consensus during Mr. Poitras' class we attended while studying journalism at STU). Yes, we actually have graduated from a recognized journalism program. Bloggers are now here in New Brunswick and we aren't going away. Local mainstream media can get on board with that and accept us as part of the media landscape, or get out of the way. (See The Economist July issue for the future of the news industry: http://www.economist.com/node/18928416)
Those in the industry who consider themselves 'true journalists' are sticklers for crediting the work of others lest they be labelled plagiarizers, something we have experienced, and were on the receiving end of Mr. Poitras' strong opinions about a few years back. We took Mr. Poitras' words to heart, which added to a burden already on us that nearly put us under. Would that we were as perfect as Mr. Poitras.
So imagine now, our shock at learning a person we truly admired for their work, professionalism and ethics, who preached journalistic integrity, is using our work without giving us a modicum of credit. It seems he has no respect for what we've uncovered on this issue, and dismissed us when we brought up our displeasure with him privately a few weeks back, saying if we didn't like it we should get out of the blogging business.
Our question is, what is so wrong with giving credit where credit is due no matter what the source? In an earlier Tweet today, Poitras cited something from the Globe and Mail, giving that publication credit as a source. CBC has also credited local blogger Charles LeBlanc as a source of information in the past and Poitras himself has done a story on LeBlanc. Obviously Mr. Poitras has a problem with us. What it is we don't know, but we're tired of his hypocrisy.