A publication I generally only refer to as “a local newspaper” reported tonight on the fact that former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich sent a letter in support of convicted conman Wayne Simmons ahead of the latter’s sentencing in federal court. They made no mention of the fact that federal prosecutors were critical of the former governor’s letter in their sentencing memo.
The story in the Capital-Gazette by Phil Davis just discusses the letter that was sent by Ehrlich to the court and describes the details of it and the case.
Davis totally omits the whole point of the original blog post by William Cooke (and the one I wrote yesterday.) In addition to that, Davis gives no credit to Cooke, who uncovered the letter and the other documents from federal court records.
Ehrlich Story Not First Gaffe for Paper
This Ehrlich letter isn’t the first time the Capital Gazette has had trouble giving credit where it was due when a blogger was concerned.
During the 2014 Republican Primary for Anne Arundel County Executive, I wrote a piece on an altercation involving then-candidate Steve Schuh with a staffer of then-County Executive Laura Neuman. Rema Rahman, who worked for the Capital Gazette then but works for Roll Call in DC now, wrote a story on the incident without giving credit to The Quinton Report. After I pointed that out in a follow-up and also corrected a misspelling of Schaffer’s name, her original story was updated to correct the spelling but stil failed to give credit.
I’m not surprised Cooke failed to get any credit in the Phil Davis story on the Ehrlich letter. I’m not really surprised Phil Davis missed the actual point of Cooke’s post either – that Ehrlich was called out in a federal court document for the contents of his letter supporting Simmons.
Other larger and more esteemed publications and broadcast outlets do a much better job than the local newspaper in Annapolis ever does in giving credit where it’s due to bloggers or other media platforms breaking stories that they then report on.