Two Washington State newspapers say that the Washington (D.C.) Post used their material about a recent murder-suicide involving the Tacoma, Wa., police chief without attribution, the Washington City Paper reports.
The Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times complained to the Washington Post regarding the Post’s May 5 story about Tacoma Police Chief David Brame’s shooting his estranged wife and killing himself. The Post now says that it “published quotations from the city’s mayor without proper attribution” to the two Washington State papers.
If the Tacoma dust-up is any guide, the City Paper says, smaller newspapers will push the majors to admit when they simply rewrite stories already in circulation. Also, outlets like the Post will have to be more careful with attributions.