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Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Jason Calacanis is a hypocrite
Last year, Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc. called out CNET sites News.com and GameSpot for to failure to credit Engadget in one of their stories. He made a really big deal about it and acted like it was a big conspiracy to keep readers from viewing blogs. He went so far as to say:

"That's really what CNET is up to: they don't want to introduce their readers to new AND BETTER news sources like Engadget, Gizmodo, GigaOm, Battelle Search Blog, and Rafat Ali's PaidContent.org."


He stopped short of calling for a boycott of CNET sites by saying:

"Some folks have suggested to me a blogger boycott of CNET. I'm tempted, but I'd rather see everyone just call them out every time they steal a story If CNET will not do the right thing perhaps bloggers can shame them into treating bloggers with the same respect CNET shows to other writers."

Well, you can imagine my delight when I saw this story on Digg yesterday. It shows how Engadget posted a story giving credit to a site called DAPreview.net. However, later, Engadget cropped the DAPreview logo out of the photo and removed all credit and links to DAPreview.

Story before
Story after

And, according to DAPreview, this wasn't the only time this happened. Repeated attempts to add the proper credit via Engadget's comment system lead to nasty-grams from Engadget staff.

The best part is Jason Calacanis' response to the problem. He said:

"Jason (www.calacanis.com) from Weblogs, Inc. here. It was a mistake and we fixed it. When you do thousands a post a month based on hundreds of thousands of tips you can make mistakes--it can happen on the best blogs including Engadget. It was certainly not done maliciously. ... We're sorry for the mistake."

Hmm. Looks like "they don't want to introduce their readers to new AND BETTER news sources like" DAPreview.net. And how is cropping someone's logo out of a photo not done maliciously? Funny, he didn't make nearly as big deal about his company costing someone else "hundreds of thousands of pageviews."

BTW, for those who think I am being a little tough on jdawg, I am only following Jason's own advice which was to call sites "out every time they steal a story."

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