Even though Associated Press did not give credit to the Fired Up Missouri blog for landing the scoop on the release of former Rep. Nathan Cooper, R-Cape Girardeau, from federal prison, Springfield News-Leader political reporter gave the blog credit in a post on his Inside Missouri Politics blog.
After running the AP story, Livengood credited Fired Up and even mentioned that John Combest and I picked up on the story. That probably was not necessary, but it was much appreciated.
AP and numerous newspapers have failed to acknowledge the contributions of bloggers to their own stories for quite some time, though it is something that has long been noticed by those who read both the traditional media articles and those posted by bloggers.
That is why reporters like Livengood, who lands plenty of scoops on his own, deserves a great deal of credit for showing the same basic courtesy that many of his peers do not.