Note to The Hayride blog and its writer John Binder:
Make your links more easily visible and attribute what you post to the person or blog that you copied and pasted from.
Mr. Binder posted a story today (March 14) under the heading TROOPER-GATE: Board Members Tasked With Investigating State Troopers Money Funneling Scheme Also Funneled Money http://thehayride.com/2016/03/trooper-gate-board-members-tasked-with-investigating-state-troopers-money-funneling-scheme-also-funneled-money/
I accused Mr. Binder of failing to include links to our story. The fact is, he did have two links, but did not with the list of contributions. Instead, he simply copied and pasted without proper attribution.
Mr. Binder copied and pasted the list of campaign contributions that I had gone to the trouble of formatting to make them fit on our blogpost without losing their continuity. To do so, I had to squeeze the excel page by deleting several unnecessary columns that included addresses, home towns, and other data that added nothing to the content. https://louisianavoice.com/2016/03/10/state-police-commission-members-probing-lsta-appear-to-have-committed-similar-campaign-contribution-violations/
That, of course, may prompt the obvious question: how do I know Mr. Binder didn’t do his own formatting?
Good question. And there’s a simple answer.
In my listing of campaign contributions by State Police Commission member Freddie Pitcher, I deliberately left a blank line (between campaign recipients Edward James and Nicole Sheppard) with only “F102,” a special coding by the Ethics Commission, included in an otherwise blank space. FREDDIE PITCHER CONTRIBS
That was a deliberate trick I learned from John Hays, the late publisher of Ruston’s Morning Paper.
So while Mr. Binder apparently contacted the same source I had used for my story, he included links that were difficult to recognize and which were not obvious to the reader, he failed to provide links or credit for the list of contributions, which made it appear to his work. It wasn’t. We discussed that and agreed that it was a simple misunderstanding but one which should not have happened.
To his credit, he has edited his blog post to accurately reflect that we were the source of the list of campaign contributions and we appreciate his gesture.