Inept reporters who lack ambition to do real research repeat the same errors as others have made. Some lazy and dishonest reporters, like Joe Cushnan -- whose byline appeared on an article recently published in the Irish Post -- misappropriate the work of others and claim it as their own. The first time this man sold a story to an editor a couple of years ago and used information from me without full attribution, he blamed the omission on the editors. But it has repeatedly happened.
In his latest article he DID mention another book which happens to contain an anecdote about Jim's tour that is factually wrong. But he FAILED to mention my book. I sent him private emails asking why.
He's now written a blog portraying himself as the victim and denies he used any information gleaned from a book he claims not to have read, even though I know he DID. Furthermore, even if one accepted his premise that he didn't use anything gleaned from me, wouldn't you imagine that the mere existence of a 672-page book on the man he was writing about would be worth mentioning to his readers? The fact that he did NOT suggests that Cushnan was afraid if people read my book, they would realize how his Irish story parallels my investigative reporting (which, by the way, took years to complete).
Such are the times in which we live.
I was surprised to hear a radio interview on the BBC today featuring two people who were repeatedly referred to as a "Jim Reeves soundalike and a Jim Reeves expert," with only ONE song played from the 8 CD set and the rest of the time devoted to a discussion of the amateur performer and his live performance of Jim Reeves songs. The announcer repeatedly got the date of Jim's death wrong, and no mention was made of the producer, the existence of a booklet, or that 30 of the 31 musicians who worked on this massive CD project live in AMERICA.
This has emerged as part of a pattern and sad to say some people's egos apparently are running such a deficit that they need to fill them by misappropriating credit for other people's work and claiming it as their own.
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