Mainstream Media Still a Bit Slow Crediting Some Online Sites
Keith Olbermann did a feature on his MSNBC show tonight about the controversy surrounding Captain America #602. If you don’t know the controversy, the issue featured some protesters carrying signs with “Tea Party” slogans on them. Marvel says that they did not intend for the protesters to be identifiable one way or the other, but rather to be just generic protesters. However, during a deadline crunch, a couple of the signs were still blank so the letterer on the title just quickly looked up some sign references and added in some slogans, including one identifiably “Tea Party” slogan. Marvel apologized and says that the signs will not have the slogans in any future reprintings of the issue, such as any trade collections.
And in a very cool thing for Comic Book Resources, Olbermann quoted CBR’s interview with Joe Quesada (which you can find right here) about the incident.
Only problem is, Olbermann did not cite CBR as the source of the quote!
Pretty messed up, huh?
It really seems that quite often, certain online sites (basically anything not insanely big, like cnn.com, espn.com, tmz.com, etc.) get short shrift when it comes to citing them as sources for information. Blogs especially tend to get ignored – like the recent situation where The Comic’s Comic broke the story of Saturday Night Live letting some cast members go and adding some new cast members, and in their article on the subject, the New York Times cited Variety, which was using The Comic’s Comic as its source!!