August 10, 2012, - 11:38 am

NY Daily News, NY Post Credit Schlussel for Breaking Napolitano Lawsuit Story

By Debbie Schlussel

As readers know, two days ago, I broke the story about New York’s top Homeland Security cop James T. Hayes’ explosive employment discrimination lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano. Today, two of New York’s three major newspapers published the story. Both of them got it from me (the New York Post was considering an op-ed I wrote about the matter, and I gave permission to the editor to forward it to the news staff), and both of them ultimately gave me credit and links to my site. But only the New York Daily News’ reporters did the ethical thing and made sure I got credit within the article in the print edition. I called and e-mailed the New York Post reporter, Bruce Golding, and his editor to complain, and in response, they belatedly gave me credit within the online article at 10:47 a.m., after the article had been published online for over 10 hours and the print edition cuts me entirely out of my story. They’ve promised to “make it up to me,” but I’m not holding my breath (since I don’t know how you can possibly make up to someone breaking their big scoop and cutting them out of it, now that the cat is out of the bag and already old news, by their doing).

NY Daily News, NY Post Credit Schlussel for Breaking Napolitano Discrimination Lawsuit Story

I work very hard on this site and on the stories I break here. Getting written recognition and credit in the mainstream media when they use my work and tips from stories I break is the lifeblood of the site, as it helps generate more traffic this way. There is no incentive to work hard to research and break stories, if I’m just going to be ripped off without credit. Everyone at the Department of Homeland Security knows I broke the story, as they’ve been coming in droves to this site to read the story for more than two days. I would like to particularly thank New York Daily News reporter Reuven Blau, a top-notch investigative reporter and a real mensch, who made sure I got credit for my scoop. Today’s New York Daily News notes in its story, written by Reuven Blau, Joseph Straw, and Rich Schapiro:

ICE Director of Public Affairs Brian Hale blasted the suit, which was filed in May and first reported by the blog,

Today’s New York Post story, in which I was finally given credit, reads:

The lawsuit, which was first reported yesterday by blogger Debbie Schlussel, identifies the woman as Dora Schriro, who was later appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as commissioner of the city Department of Correction, a post she still holds.

Wrong. In fact, I reported the lawsuit on Wednesday. But close enough, I guess. In any event, at least I finally got credit. I know for certain that with the New York Daily News, I don’t have to fight for recognition and make a federal case out of it. Thanks, Reuven.

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