Thursday, September 16, 2010

AP monitoring CNN since it dropped service

Below is part of an AP memo critcizing CNN for "relying" on AP reporting, even though it no longer buys the service. The closest AP comes to saying CNN cribs material is to say that the cable giant attirbutes its information to AP. It's a tricky area. Here is the AP extract.
"When AP and CNN could not reach agreement on licensing AP content, it meant CNN would no longer have access to the breaking news and worldwide reporting resources of the Associated Press.
"We will no longer use AP materials or services," CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton told employees in an internal memo in June. "The content we offer will be distinctive, compelling and, I am proud to say, our own."
In fact, however, CNN continues to rely heavily, and apparently systematically, on AP breaking news, exclusive enterprise and in-depth reporting. CNN often cites AP, in its online stories and on its cable channels, trading on AP's valuable and respected brand and also free riding on resource intensive reporting done at AP expense. In the absence of AP, CNN is often late with breaking news stories, forced to rely on press releases and secondary sources, behind and sometimes even incorrect on critical facts and updates"

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