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Monday, August 01, 2005


Chaim over at Life-of-Rubin points out in this post that the Jewish Press has published an article reviewing an album that I myself reviewed a while back. Apparently, they took a whole chunk out of my review and printed it without attribution. From the article:
"Believe" is even the talk of many internet bloggers who have described the album as "extremely professionally done...The lead vocalist, Suffy Rudman, has an exquisite voice...Definitely worth a listen, especially as your purchase goes towards such a worthy cause."
Um, it was not many internet bloggers who made all those comments. Just one. Me. There's really no excuse for their not naming me as the originator of those comments. Not that I care that much, but it isn't exactly ethical. And certainly unoriginal. Not that I expect originality from the great journalistic resource that we call the Jewish Press.

Similarly, that other great journalistic resource that we call the NY Jewish Week published a fawning front page profile of the band Blue Fringe. While I do think they have talent, and certainly do appeal to the Orthodox tween and teen set, I think that in the interest of full disclosure, the reporter might have seen fit to make it known that she was writing the article about her boss's son's band. That's right, Blue Fringe is led by Dov Rosenblatt, the son of none other than Gary Rosenblatt, the illustrious editor of the Jewish Week. More here. Classic.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jewish Week thing is...whatever. Blue Fringe is popular enough that they stand on their own But the Jewish Press think is ridiculous. I'm cracking up. Youd think they would think that someone in the j-blogosphere would come up on the article and figure out that they stole your quotes. This isn't a high school term paper. It's a newspaper thats sold all over the place. Losers.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous MiriamSDB said...

My great-grandfather, may he rest in peace, used to say about the Jewish Press (which he would read cover to cover, falling asleep in his chair, all week long): "I don't care what you people say, you can find things in that paper that you can't find anywhere else." Well, I'm glad he isn't around to see his faith come crumbling down. ;-)

11:45 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Maybe you should write a letter to the editor. Or, better yet, take out a very big ad with the URL of your blog in it. Or send them a royalties bill.

Don't knock Blue Fringe, though!

11:46 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Hey, I didn't knock them! I said that they have talent. But I think when you are writing about the boss's son there are journalistic standards about full disclosure.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Gil Student said...

It's not like they plagiarized the quote! They gave some sort of attribution, just not a particularly good reference.

I guess they assumed that anything Orthomom writes is automatically agreed to by DovBear, Shifra, and Shanna so it qualifies as "many internet bloggers."

8:56 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...


" It's not like they plagiarized the quote! They gave some sort of attribution, just not a particularly good reference."

I agree. It was just stupidity on their part.

"I guess they assumed that anything Orthomom writes is automatically agreed to by DovBear, Shifra, and Shanna so it qualifies as "many internet bloggers.""

Ok Gil, THAT was funny.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Gil Student said...

Ok Gil, THAT was funny.

Uh oh, I'm losing my touch. Time for something mind-numbingly boring.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Jewish Blogmeister said...

I agree that's pretty pathetic. If you like I can mention something to Rabbi Klass if you like.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous shanna said...

I guess they assumed that anything Orthomom writes is automatically agreed to by DovBear, Shifra, and Shanna so it qualifies as "many internet bloggers."

Wow. I've arrived.

9:26 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Eh, it's stupid. I just think they need work when it comes to their standards. But I guess we knew that.

Yeah, seriously. But that was too funny, no?

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get over yourself.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous shanna said...

Oh, for sure. I'm just amused at the myriad ways that people classify me. :)

9:55 AM  
Blogger Shifra said...

My Bubby used to say that even the recipies in the Jewish Press were no good.

"Wow. I've arrived." I felt the same way.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous shanna said...

Yeah, Shiffy, but youre trip was much shorter. I've been blogging for longer than Dobie (considering a startdate for him of about October 2004, not April of 1996 or whatever).

12:33 PM  
Blogger DovBear said...

Great. I'm glad you lot are so happy. Meanwhile Gil mentioned me together with a bunch of nobodies.

I guess that means MY ship has sailed.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous shanna said...

You left your blog in the hands of a bunch of nobodies?

3:14 PM  
Blogger Gil Student said...

We all jump the shark at one time or another.

3:19 PM  
Blogger DovBear said...

After you, Gil. After you.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Even though I put up my post almost a week ago, being mentioned by DB right after you, OM, (sorry, I didn't see the original post late last night)I feel like "I've arrived" too!

4:17 PM  
Blogger YOSEF said...

Blue Fringe is considered "Jewish Music"?

7:00 PM  
Blogger Shifra said...

Which part is bothering you yosef the "jewish" or the "music"?

7:58 PM  
Blogger Observant said...

I don't like him either, but you owe him a beracha:


look in the yellow box!

10:57 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

No I don't, this letter was sent out in an email. It is not included in the print edition OR the online edition. I owe him nothing.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Chaim said...

That yellow box means nothing, that line should have been IN THE ACTUAL article, both online and in print, not as a side note somewhere else. That's even worse than not including it in the article, because this is trickery, trying to get around not including it in the actual piece. Deception by any other name is still deception.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous bishul akum said...

it's funny how a family of great chazonim morph into tasteless hip hop wannabes
Gary Rosenblatt is not known for his integrity in journalism judgeing by his desire to grab a sensational story

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