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In fact, a quick Google later and we have this story in the New York Times which not only carries Epps' comments but also contains many similar words and phrases to the GN story, which is a summary of the current hotly competitive tablet market. Gulf News doesn't credit the NYT in its story or cite it as the source of Epps' quote.
Google, Apple’s fiercest competitor, recently released its 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet for $200. Amazon recently introduced seven new Kindles, including a 7-inch tablet for $160 and an 8.9-inch tablet for $300. Barnes & Noble’s Nook tablet, which starts at $200, has also sold well. Combined, the three companies have sold about 15 million of these smaller, cheaper tablets, according to estimates by Forrester Research.
New York Times
Google, Apple’s fiercest competitor, recently released its 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet for $200. And Amazon recently introduced seven new Kindles, including a 7-inch tablet for $160 and an 8.9-inch tablet for $300. Barnes and Noble’s Nook tablet, which starts at $200, has also sold well. Combined, the three companies have sold about 15 million of these smaller, cheaper tablets, according to estimates by Forrester.
Googling one phrase from the story, which didn't sound very GN 'entrench a 49 per cent share', gets yet more interesting results and another three paragraphs 'lifted' from tech blog Know Your Mobile. The search is here - looky at results one an' two!(This search no longer works - see update below).
But Gulf News is by no means alone in producing stories based on a quick Google, a re-hash of news reports and the odd cut and paste. Just that cursory look into a hooky sounding story in GN shows that chunks of information out there are getting copied and pasted all the time. Why bother hunting down a source to quote when you can just camp select and sling in a sneaky
I can remember local journalists complaining that PRs made them lazy by providing them with content on a plate - and my fury that they didn't use press releases as releases were intended to be used - as a source of information from which to build a story rather than as something to run verbatim. Well, now it's not PRs but Google - and as a result original content gives way to cut and paste journalism that masks its sources and gives credence to the incredible. Repeated verbatim, passed on from news source to news source. The same facts, the same truths, parroted without ever going through a filter of reality checking or qualitative assessment.
Welcome to The New Journalism.
Update. Gulf News has reacted to the above post by quietly posting an update of the offending story with the paragraphs referred to above removed and NYT credited for the Rotman Eps quote. The updated story is linked here.