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Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Reader Politely Chides The Daily Bellwether: You Failed To Credit The Cincinnati Business Courier

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- An anonymous commenter has a bone to pick with The Daily Bellwether. The issue: Credit should have been given to the Cincinnati Business Courier for its reporting on the Bill Keating/Gannett stock/investment advisor lawsuit. The explanation: When the Bellwether looked, there was nothing available showing Steve Watkins' Business Courier story was on the Internet. Click here to see what appears on Google. Of course, a deeper search using different search terms probably would have produced different results. But that search wasn't done. Another problem with the Business Courier's piece: It is hidden behind a pay wall. The Bellwether does not have a subscription to access Watkins' reporting. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the newspaper that Bill Keating used to lead as publisher, finally got around to reporting the story today. It did not credit anybody who got there earlier -- not the Business Courier, not The Daily Bellwether, not the countless national media blogs that picked up on the story long before the Cincinnati Enquirer.


  1. I don't know what the bellyaching is about. The mainstream media helps itself to original reporting by blogs every day of the year on every subject in every city. You want an example? Look no further than the Business Courier's "Whistleblower Sues Hyde Park Country Club" story on Feb. 12 -- eight days after the Bellwether broke the story.

  2. Bill,

    The Business Courier and the Enquirer rip off your stuff all the time. You know it, I know it, the whole damn city knows it. If there were 10 of you they would be out of business.

  3. I used to work at the Business Courier. Their stock in trade in reprinting press releases and corporate handouts. Keep going after the real news. Keep away from the PR machine!!!

  4. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Steve Watkins appears to have hustled on a good story, but nobody much seems to have noticed his work. He deserves some credit and a kudo or two. C'mon guys. I wish I had found a link. Belated congrats, Steve. But what is up with that pay wall at the Business Courier? Doesn't it interfere with people finding your content online?