All over the internet, bloggers are (rightly) indignant that Colin Cowherd, a radio host for ESPN, used material borrowed from an internet source The M Zone without citing it.
It is wrong to borrow intellectual property without citing your source. Cowherd is pretty rotten for borrowing from somebody's blog and passing it off as his own.
However, do we all need to remove the logs from our own eyes before trying to remove something from the eyes of another?
At many of the blog entries I've read chastizing Cowherd for stealing material from the internet without identifying it, a photo is included of Cowherd. At none of these blogs have I seen citation material accompanying the photo.
All over the internet, we are "borrowing" images without citing the sources. I do it (guess what? I didn't take that photo below of the cute little Shakespearians). You probably do it.
What makes copying and pasting an image without citation acceptable, but repeating written material from a blog without citation reprehensible?
(update: I just emailed Deadspin asking about this, and they have a policy/agreement to use AP photos. That's interesting to know, and I appreciate the response to my query. I don't know if that applies to the rest of us)
(update II: Please don't take this commentary to mean I don't think Cowherd is a dickhead for this, or that I don't side with all the bloggers who are angry with him. I'm just trying to raise a point)