Le Devoir has an article about how the television networks aren’t talking about each other’s shows. The reason is obvious: Not wanting to give free publicity to the competition. But at the same time they’re all going after newspapers to report new TV shows as news.
Le Devoir says that the newspapers are covering the upcoming season fairly. The implication is that newspapers are more fair than TV stations.
But newspapers aren’t immune to this “don’t talk about the competition” idea. Articles about stories written in other papers make vague references to “a Montreal newspaper” or “the Montreal newspaper The Gazette“, either deliberately obscuring the source or acting as if we’ve never heard of one of the four major daily newspapers in this city.
This is a small part of the reason why people are turning to blogs for news. Bloggers don’t try to hide when information comes from somewhere else. In fact, most successful bloggers welcome competition and cooperate with them.
Yeah, it’s embarrassing when you’re scooped on a story, or when their feature creates a big impact, or when their TV show is more exciting than yours. But don’t insult our intelligence by thinking your deliberate manipulation of the news for pure self-interest isn’t being noticed by readers and viewers.