Good grief! This is so discouraging, if true. Prominent bloggers are accusing Glenn Beck of plagarism – taking their content and often not crediting them with the story or specific parts of the story. He is accused of at least once, using a blogger-produced video and obscuring the name of the blogger placed prominently in view. Bloggers with credibility ALWAYS credit sources, just as journalists are expected to do. That’s why you see links inside an article, or a notation something like this “H/T” or Hat Tip, and then a link to the source. See a video below.
Beck’s reputation as an ungenerous user of other people’s work has occasionally surfaced in public. Conservative radio host Mark Levin recently took aim at Beck, whom he refers to as the “5-PMer,” this way: “You won’t find me putting my name on books that other people write. You’ll never find me doing that,” Levin said. “I would never, ever preach to you about principles and viewpoints that I am incapable of writing about. Never.”
So, there is an accusation that Beck doesn’t even write his own books.
Some of the bloggers named are Andrew Brietbart, Robert Spencer at JihadWatch, Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy in Media (AIM) Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugs, Liberty Chick, Verum Serum, Pajamas Media, Founding Bloggers, Rebel Pundit. Even a Liberal blogger is making the same claim.
These are among the most reputable bloggers on the Internet. I think many of us who blog often hear a story that we believe we broke in some way – a fact that was out there but had been undiscovered, or a particular, pithy phrase that we know we conjured – and then you hear it on radio or on television. My husband and I frequently comment that, so-and-so must be reading Maggie’s Notebook. In this case, intricate and labor-intensive charts have been used, full videos, and in the case of Robert Spencer, an entire show built on his investigative material on Islamic caliphates. Beck’s office allegedly contacted Spencer, spent a lot of time on the phone throughout one day – then aired and didn’t attribute Spencer’s assistance at all.
Many of us have lauded Beck’s talented research staff in the past. This will not be a good day for Glenn Beck. The following video is an interview with Alex Jones, and he makes the same accusation.
Alex Jones Accusing Glenn Beck of stealing content (video)