WTOP Says Fox 5 Reporter Took Story Without Attribution
September 10, 2010 at 6:47 AM (PT)
BONNEVILLE News WTOP/WASHINGTON is calling out crosstown FOX O&O WTTG (TV) (FOX 5) for failing to offer attribution for a story it aired that WTOP exclusively broke.
MEDIABISTRO's FISHBOWLDC reports that WTOP VP/News and Programming JIM FARLEY sent a note to FOX 5 VP/News Dir. PHIL METLIN pointing out that a report on FOX 5 NEWS on WASHINGTON Mayor ADRIAN FENTY's pursuit of an endorsement from President OBAMA failed to point out that the story was a WTOP exclusive, with FENTY only talking to WTOP reporter MARK SEGRAVES. FARLEY said that the FOX reporter admitted that the story's source was WTOP's report, and FENTY aides confirmed that the Mayor spoke to no other reporter on the topic. Meanwhile, TBD.COM says that FOX 5 reporter MATT ACKLAND claimed in his report that FENTY "told me" about the request to OBAMA.
FARLEY's note to METLIN said, "Every other news outfit in town gave credit to WTOP... except yours. If you guys broke a story, and we reported it without giving you credit, you'd be right to be ticked off! Our policy is to give credit where credit is due, and if we ever fail in that, please contact me and I'll fix it. Asking you to look at your coverage both on-air and online."
METLIN has yet to respond to FARLEY's request for attribution, but TBD notes that SEGRAVES, ACKLAND, and NBC O&O WRC-TV (NBC 4) reporter TOM SHERWOOD were talking to FENTY at an event earlier in the day, and SEGRAVES asked FENTY for a private moment to ask about an exclusive; SHERWOOD told TBD that ACKLAND was close enough to hear the conversation, and confirmed that SEGRAVES asked all the questions.