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Ethically odd...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moland Spring, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. Moland Spring

    Moland Spring Member

    So here's my thing: I was reading a bunch of the Bonds stories this morning and clicked on Henry Schulman's from the SF Chronicle (below). I don't know what to make of it: It's almost, kinda the P word. Or is it? I don't know, but it had me thinking.

    Obviously, the lede is a play on the great radio call of Hank Aaron's 715th (by Marty Brennaman, right?) But only a real baseball fan would know that. It's not credited anywhere, I don't believe. Is this a tribute or not?

    Bonds' HR moves him past Aaron

    Henry Schulman

    There's a new home run champion of all time, and it's Barry Bonds.
    Is he the greatest home run hitter of all time? All who cherish this game will have to search their hearts and answer that question in their own way. But the number is not open to debate, dispute, praise or scorn. The major-league record is 756, and Bonds owns it.
  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    It's not plagiarism because no announcers own words. It's a play on the call, perhaps, but that's it. You don't need any credit to use it.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Not even close to plagiarism.
  4. Moland Spring

    Moland Spring Member

    Somebody owns the words, right?
  5. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Milo Hamilton

    My favorite part of Milo's call is that, just before the pitch, he said: ``He's sittin' on 714 ...''
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I've always enjoyed writers who offer a little something extra in their stories, perhaps a phrase that has deeper meaning or gives a nod to another related event. Like announcers, I'm sure Henry and the other Giant beat writers have been toying with their ledes for the moment in the past few months. He's focusing on the number, not the man, while acknowledging Hank Aaron without mentioning his name. I think it's good work.
  7. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    Have you ever read a story that said, "The Blanketies win the pennant!"
  8. Moland Spring

    Moland Spring Member

    No. Thank God.
  9. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    I can't believe what I've just read.
  10. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Go crazy, folks, go crazy!

    You'll have to be to think this is plagiarism!
  11. writing irish

    writing irish Active Member

    Don't say "Holy cow!" or Undead, Still Drunk Harry Caray will fuck you up.
  12. Moondoggy

    Moondoggy Member

    extremely well played
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