Today's Joplin Globe features an article on a $12.5 million settlement reached in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a New York doctor who was killed in a 2004 plane crash in Kirksville. The money was paid by Corporate Airlines (now RegionsAir) which owned the plane, and American Airlines, which set up the flight.
I would congratulate the Globe on its research concerning the company that might replace Trans State Airline in providing service to Joplin, but it appears that I was the one who provided the research, since the same story appeared three days ago in The Turner Report
If The Globe reporter had examined the actual court documents in the case (which I did), he might have discovered, for instance, that Dodi Meyer Miller, the widow, had initially asked for closer to $100 million.
It doesn't appear that the Globe reporter examined the official National Transportation Safety Board report on the accident, either.
And, coincidentally, the Globe story does not go into detail on any of the other lawsuits, which I did not do in my post either. I did, however, go through the court documents for each of those cases.
The only original reporting I can find in the Globe article is where it notes that the reporter tried to call someone with the airline and wasn't able to talk to anyone.
This is just the most recent of a series of stories in the Globe based on stories initially broken in The Turner Report that make no mention of their original source. Lately, at least three stories I have run that appear to have no information other than that which I posted on this blog. All, of course, have Globe reporters' bylines attached.
That wouldn't be quite as irritating except for the final sentence in today's Globe article: "The Associated Press contributed to this report."
Apparently, if someone is bigger than you, you give them credit. Otherwise, you just take what you want. If there had been any original reporting done on the story, that might have been different. As far as I can tell, it's a Turner Report story with a different byline.
One last note, as far as I have been able to determine, The Turner Report was the first media outlet to break the story on the $12.5 million settlement. I was not able to find any evidence of an AP story or any mention in the New York media of the settlement when I was doing the research over the weekend.
It is evident that the Globe's information came from one source.