Fox 9 plagiarizes City Pages A-List, Critics' Picks, Gimme Noise blog

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Something is very familiar about this blurb...
It has been a strange two days on the Fox 9 web site, where City Pages content has been showing up in a section titled "Weekend Events." Though no byline has been attached to any of the stories, the Fox 9 blurbs match the City Pages items word-for-word, artwork included.

When a freelance writer alerted us to the situation, we had to take a closer look.

The copy has since been removed but appeared online under the Weekend Buzz with Jason Matheson in a section titled "Weekend Events" that, much like A-List,  featured descriptions and images for recommended upcoming happenings. Several of those items gave us a strong feeling of deja vu.

On Tuesday, two of our short pieces appeared to have been copy and pasted directly from City Pages' web site: Bryan Miller's $50 Pyramid A-List and theater critic Ed Huyck's Cabaret A-List. Take a look at the writing for the $50 Pyramid event:

City Pages says:

Talk-show host, MC, and barroom ringmaster Ian Rans is putting a new spin on the ubiquitous bar trivia with his riff on the classic game show The $10,000 Pyramid. The original series, which aired for a decade and a half, pitted two contestants against one another in a challenge to guess words and category names based on clues provided by a celebrity partner. (Think of the game Taboo but with B-list TV stars.)...

Fox 9 says:

Talk-show host, MC, and barroom ringmaster Ian Rans is putting a new spin on the ubiquitous bar trivia with his riff on the classic game show The $10,000 Pyramid. The original series, which aired for a decade and a half, pitted two contestants against one another in a challenge to guess words and category names based on clues provided by a celebrity partner. (Think of the game Taboo but with B-list TV stars.)...

Here's how they appeared on Fox 9's website (UPDATE: It's actually still on Fox 9's website, check it out here and here):

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One has to wonder if there's an overworked intern over there, or perhaps someone set the content aggregator to "plagiarize." We called up Fox 9 but by the next morning we hadn't heard back. However, we were further perplexed to discover that the copy bandit had struck again, this time yanking stories that had been posted on our site only a few hours earlier. The stories included:

A Gimme Noise blog post about STNNNG:

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A Critics' Pick for Farewell Milwaukee:

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And another Critics' Pick celebrating the Transmission 10-Year Anniversary:

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After putting in a few more phone calls to the station, a Fox KMSP spokesperson, who was hesitant to go on record and who asked to remain nameless, issued the following statement over the phone:

"We apologize for using this content without permission. It has been removed from our site."

Well, that certainly clears things up.


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17 comments
Kittenkisses
Kittenkisses

copying is the highest form of flattery. still the whole situation is pretty sad. too bad there isn't more cool (stuff) going on in this fine city for everyone to have unique story to tell.

Daniel Stephens
Daniel Stephens

Maybe they'll plagiarize this blog post, and our comments, then we'd all get to be famous.

davidkschubert
davidkschubert

Shame on you, @citypages... by not letting Fox News plagiarize you, you've most likely let the terrorists win.

Porkpie
Porkpie

Haha! More evidence that FOXNEWS SUCKS!

Proofreader
Proofreader

Oh, Citypages. It's far from plagiarism when they would have to go through and correct all the typos that run rampant in your work. Consider it a favor.

Mike M
Mike M

Any chance both sites are publishing a press release verbatim? They read like press releases to me.

Rincewind
Rincewind

And you all have no experience using other peoples content without attribution at all...

God
God

so if expulsion is what people get in college what happens in the "industry" real world... sue for the cost of the edu of the person that committed the crime and thus them getting fired?

Boshk13
Boshk13

how dare fox tell people whats going on over the weekend! those are city pages private events!

Msmiles420
Msmiles420

What do you expect? I don't trust any media outlet with "FOX" in the name.

Hehasapoint
Hehasapoint

Good point. Not to mention, did they publish this lengthy story because they thought it would be of interest to Citypages' readers, or to Citypages. Hmm...

Bryan Miller
Bryan Miller

No, my writeup was not a press release, but thanks for the back of your hand.

Erik Thompson
Erik Thompson

I wrote the Farewell Milwaukee preview, Mike. Not a press release in the least.

Jen Boyles
Jen Boyles

They can tell people whatever they want, Boshk13. What they can't do is copy our authors word for word without a byline/credit multiple times.

Jenso
Jenso

Yet they didn't plagiarize City Pages' correct spelling of Farewell Milwaukee. In the HEADLINE nonetheless.

Mike M
Mike M

I didn't mean to insult you. Whether written by you or by event you are promoting, it actually is a press release. I was just thinking that if the event sent around the same thing to all the media outlets, the same thing might be published more than once.

Mike M
Mike M

Then that IS very curious!

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