Why journalists love bloggers…

JUST below, Mick recounted Michael White’s admission that the benefit a blogger has over a journalist is the instant feedback. True. But one benefit journalists have over bloggers is that they can shamelessly rip them off and pass blog entries off as their own stories. Twenty Major has stumbled (probably literally, the drunken hallion) over the latest prime example, as Sunday Indo columnist Andrea Byrne blatantly rips off Irish blogger Fatmammycat’s article about drunken encounters from last September. Play ‘spot the difference’ below the fold.I did a quick poll of my male friends.
What do you lot think about the women you meet on a night out? I asked.
Drunk, was the resounding answer, drunk and easy.

Are we? Is that the perceived opinion of women?

Fatmammycat, Sept 13th 2006

I conducted a quick poll among my male friends. “What do you think about the women you meet on a night out?” I asked. “Drunk,” was the resounding answer. “Drunk and easy.”

Are we? Is that the perceived opinion of Irish women, even among our own?

Andrea Byrne, Sunday Independent April 8th 2007