Bloggers relatively new to the news and information game take great delight in the self aggrandizing practice of crediting themselves with getting a story first. On one site, seems like half its content is dedicated to taking credit for whatever the quote/unquote scoop was supposedly attained .
Case in point…
Two years ago, Fox 4 meteorologist Mike Thompson blogged on his station’s Web site that man made global warming was bogus. Internet message boards took notice, as did Tony Botello, as did KCMO 710 AM hit man Chris Stigall and myself in the Kansas City Star.
Let’s see, now who was it that broke that story?
Thompson, that’s who.
Nobody hacked his private emails or overheard him blathering about it at Lew’s in Waldo after too many Das Boots.
He outed himself.
One online critique was that the Star’s front page climate change story yesterday( that included Thompson and other weather wonks) was bogus because Thompson’s feelings were already known. The blogger was so obsessed with taking credit for writing about Thompson two years ago, that he missed the point of the Star story.
The Star story was not presented as “breaking news” about Thompson’s views on climate change as the blogger blathered.
The newspaper merely used Thompson’s already well-documented views – along with those of others – to toss the topic up for discussion amidst one of the most formidable winters in modern memory. Was the Star story legit? Of course. Wildly compelling? Eh…
Missing in action however in this mini tempest however was Thompson’s controversial invoking of Adolph Hitler’s name as Earth Day approached in April 2008. He did so in defense of