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OMG! The Unwashed Have Healthcare and May actually Use It!

After a year long debate where the GOP, the Tea Party and their conservative cohorts insisted that the poor did have healthcare because they could all walk into emergency rooms when they were so sick the illness was intolerable... They are shocked that the poor, the ones who could not honestly afford to get healthcare, even in those emergency rooms of last resort, may actually have access to them now:

Freedom of the Press???--Remember the Constitution Buddy

There are three recent news items all to do with censorship of the press:

This about AP suing a subscriber may be the most bizarre. Does AP know how its YouTube channel works? Seems like they are now suing their own subscribers for playing videos available on AP's YouTube Channel. Note the the words "misguided legal theories" third paragraph (which I have shown in bold type).

Maybe the Associated Press can file this one under "That's news to me."

At least one representative of the venerable news agency, which recently declared that it was tired of the Internet riding on its coattails, was apparently unaware the agency had an official YouTube video channel.

The AP recently sent a letter to WTNQ-FM in Tennessee--an affiliate of the Associated Press, by the way--accusing the country music radio station of copyright violation for embedding videos from the AP's official YouTube channel on its Web site, according to a station employee's blog. The AP channel includes embed code for its videos, which allows any Web site or blog to embed the videos on their sites--a feature that can be turned off.

About Gannon, Plagiarism, and the AP

Especially in light of Jeff Gannon's ascension to National Press Club Blogger (hattip to CTMan1), Susie Dow's commentary yesterday about the AP and fair use got me thinking about why calling out the lack of attribution (whether because of sloppiness or intended plagiarism) is important to all of us.

Disclosure. I have a bias here. Some time ago I eagerly opened a newly-arrived edition of a magazine I subscribe to because the cover story was on a subject with which I am very familiar. I had never heard of the writer, so I was intrigued.

I hadn't read but a sentence when I went into a sort of trancelike state of shock. I was reading, word for word, my own writing. The cover article was a straight lift -- only with pictures -- of something I had written many years previously for a small company that sells instructional manuals.