Tuesday, July 05, 2005


And the Dispatch responds to the story lifting issue

As noted in a post below, we believe Dispatch writer Mark Niquette lifted two stories from this blog and we wrote a letter to editor Ben Marrison to complain.

Now, we have actually found Ben to be likeable and fairly reasonable to deal with. Some of us have even been in some private and editorial board meetings with him where, journalism-wise, he acted in an ethical and professional manner.

Therefore, we weren't surprised to get this quick response from Marrison, which we are posting in fairness to him and the Dispatch.
Dear Sir/Madam:

I read your email with interest. Mark Niquette is on vacation and unreachable.
When he returns, I'll inquire about your allegations.

As for our policy, it is to credit someone else's work whenever we use it.

And as for Mark's work, we have heard nothing but extremely positive feedback on his work. He is an outstanding journalist. But you are entitled to your opinion.

Ben Marrison
Fair enough. We believe that he did read it with interest and will check with Niquette to see where the story ideas came from. Now the part about Niquette being an outstanding journalist - well, we understand that editors have a duty to defend their staff . . .


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