Entitled Journalism

Most people were taught about Plagiarism in great depths during high school.

If you didn’t learn about plagiarism in high school, you learned about it in college. If you didn’t learn about it in college – you should be giving a bad ass side eye to your Alma-mater’s higher ups.

If you missed those lessons, familiarize yourself with the following terms before you read on:

Plagiarize

1: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (another’s production) without crediting the source

2: to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

Entitlement

3: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges

Media and Journalism together leave room for similarity, but plagiarism is an act of blatant stupidity and the feel of entitlement. It’s happening more and more often as if these thieves feel like it’s their right to commandeer the work of others. Take Gawker’s Cord Jefferson for example; specifically in the ripping of work from an experienced, bold and unafraid WOC writer (@thewayoftheid).

White media really likes to pretend the whole world is “non-attributable open source” just for them…

How dare you? Where is your integrity? Morals? It’s not hard. What’s the big deal? It literally takes less than a minute to create a working hyperlink…less than a minute to cite a source. I promise that it’s not chemical engineering or aeronautical science; more like common decency and respect.

…You steal the work, Okay. Now you have to turn around and attempt to modify the work – just enough to ‘disguise’ it, but not so much that your readers can tell it didn’t come from you – and you still fail. Now, THAT is a lot of work. You could have put that energy and effort into your own, genuine work.

This isn’t the first time Gawker has been accused of using shifty writing practices. Heck, this isn’t even the first time that Gawker’s Cord Jefferson has been accused of script hijacking – but the west coast editor (yes, editor) has still been allowed to continue his copy and paste practice with Gawker. [Who runs that place? Geez] Is it possible that good work ethics aren’t required when writing for Gawker ? Read about another Script-Jacking at the pen of Cord Jefferson here.

Brace Yourselves: In addition to the naughty writing practices at Gawker, they’ve shown their lack of class in the way they dealt with @thewayoftheid. It was ‘distasteful’ to say the least. After Cord’s plagiarized article was brought to Gawker’s attention, the original author found herself at the foot of attacks hurled from Gawker’s official twitter account – even going so far as to accuse her of plagiarizing Gawker’s material.

Yes, I’m serious – @thewayoftheid was accused of plagiarizing her own damn material.

Yes, I’m serious – @thewayoftheid was accused of plagiarizing her own damn material.

BUT since timestamps were readily available and verified (thanks @AngyBlackLady), it quickly became obvious that she did NOT steal material from Gawker.

Cord showed his lack of professionalism and integrity along with other Gawker contributors by hurling insults (shitty jokes) at the original author. At one point Gawker writer Rich Juzwiak tweeted – “Who Are You?” Well, Cord, you all can pretend as if you didn’t know @thewayoftheid but it is very likely that you know not only know who she is, but you are familiar with her work. Very. Familiar.

Stolen Words, Stolen Ideas = Self Destruction. Plagiarism is self-destruction, an act of complete dishonesty. It’s difficult to understand why anyone would demand to be taken seriously and considered credible when you’ve shown yourself to be a thief, a liar, and like Gawker, a bully.

Cord Jefferson is self-destructive, unbalanced and downright lazy.

Writers are tired of the malarkey; specifically, Cord, WOC writers are tired of your malarkey and won’t cower to your bullying ways. You are NOT entitled to the work of others.

It’s really simple – Cite, don’t Bite.

Plagiarism bites. And no one likes biters. Let’s be friends…or not.

Murderer Cop: Chased Down a Teen, Choked Him to Death – Back Patrolling Streets of Maryland

Officer James Laboard (photo from Baltimore County Police)

Officer James Laboard (photo from Baltimore County Police)

by Yvette Carnell (BreakingBrown)

On Thursday a jury acquitted a Baltimore County police officer in connection with the asphyxiation death of a teen he chased after a rock was thrown at the officer’s home.

The jury only deliberated three hours before finding James Laboard, who is black,  not guilty of manslaughter in the ch@king death of 17 year old Christopher Brown.

Laboard was off duty at his home when he heard a loud noise, went outside, and found that his front door hat been hit with a rock. Laboard then chased a group of teenagers and caught Brown, who was hiding behind a bush.

A struggle ensued which ended with Laboard choking Brown to death. A medical examiner determined that Brown died of asphyxia.

“The officer hears the young man in the bushes and tells him to come out. The young man refused to come out, so the officer reached into the bushes and pulled him out. At that point, the young man engaged in a physical fight with our officer and, in the course of that physical fight, at some point the young man became unconscious,” Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

Laboard’s attorney maintained that the officer did not intentionally kill Brown.

After the incident, it was determined that Brown did not throw the rock that led to his death.

After the verdict, Baltimore County police issued a statement saying that Laboard will return to paid status immediately. So the man who chased a teen and choked him to death will be back to patrolling the streets of Maryland soon.

(Source)

Rachel Jeantel Offered Full Ride Scholarship to College

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Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the spotlight after she testified in the George Zimmerman trial detailing her friendship with her slain friend, Trayvon Martin.

However, instead of people encouraging Jeantel and supporting the teen who will forever live with the burden of being the last person to talk to Martin before his death, the 19-year-old was berated for her speech, appearance, mannerisms and “lack of education.”

Jeantel’s testimony and her recent appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight”, greatly impacted radio legend Tom Joyner and since he first saw her on the stand, Joyner has been determined to help Jeantel.

Tuesday morning on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Joyner offered an olive branch to the embattled teen, offering her a possible full scholarship to any HBCU through the Tom Joyner Foundation.

Joyner proclaimed, “Hi Rachel, this is Tom Joyner, I love you, I really do love you”, Jeantel, shyly giggles before responding, “I know.”

But, Jeantel didn’t know how much she was loved because, Joyner was soon to dramatically change her life in a matter of minutes, saying, ” If you want to graduate from high school, and go to an HBCU, even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida,like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that.”

Joyner did not only offer his assistance in college, he wants to help her get there, adding, “I will help you get tutors to get you out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you’d like.”

Jeantel, who we later learned was in shock from the offer, simply responded “thank you.”

Later in the interview, Jeantel hinted that she might pursue a career in law enforcement but she reminded Joyner and the crew she “doesn’t like bodies” or funerals.

Whatever Jeantel decides to do, she has the support of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, co-host Sybil Wilkes expressed her support to Jeantel before ending the interview, saying, “and I got to tell you that people on social media, whether it’s Tom’s Facebook page, whether it’s Twitter or text, Tom, everybody is supporting you, Rachel, and really want you to know that they are wanting the best for you.”

(Source)

THE BEST Gluten Free – Wheat Free – Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Muffins EVER

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Gluten Free – Wheat Free – Dairy Free
Chocolate Chip Muffins

One big problem that many Gluten/Wheat/Dairy eaters encounter is desserts. Though there are GF/WF/DF options in stores, many are filled with tons of ingredients and fillers – and if you’re anything like me, (5-ingredient Rule) those just aren’t an option. I found some GF/WF/DF muffins but at $7, that wasn’t a very frugal option at all. SO here I am, on my own baking journey. Yesterday, I baked the most delicious GF/WF/DF Chocolate Chip Muffins (all organic products) that we have ever tasted. It was simple and quick and will definitely be on the snack menu in my household from now on! This recipe yielded 12 muffins.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups GF All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
4 TB organic cocoa powder
3/4 cup organic sugar
3/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips and another 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top
1 cup soy milk
1/3 cup + 2TB oil
1/4 cup tofu puréed with 1 Tbsp. flour (egg substitute)
1 tsp bourbon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Gather all of the ingredients.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, and 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips into a large bowl.

Pour all the liquid ingredients into another bowl and mix.

Pour the wet ingredients atop the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Now is the time to add any other ingredients you wish to have; i.e., walnuts. A lumpy batter makes the best muffins!

Spoon the batter into the muffin pans.

Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top and then bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are dark, risen and springy.

-RWW

SharkNado

Ok, so I stayed up and watched SharkNado last night. Just when you think your day can’t get any worse, sharks get caught in a tornado and rain from the sky. The pivotal moment came when Ian jumped into the shark’s mouth with a chainsaw – an allegory of Jonah & the Whale and rebirthers… I was like “Dive into the mouth of the flying shark with a chainsaw grasshopper! DIVE!!!”

Note to self: make sure to always have a chainsaw with me in case I get swallowed by a shark.

Seriously though… who was responsible for those effects? 3D? Editing? I don’t know who was more high; the writer, the person who founded it, or the Syfy exec who approved it for airtime. Either the audio was out of sync or they had the worst ADR session ever but it was masterful in its terribleness.

You Decide

Help me understand:

Your “morals” are the fuel behind this hellfire rage against women’s rights.

You have set out to make it difficult, if not impossible to have access to family planning. Then, after you have forced a woman to remain pregnant – whether she is able to care for that baby or not – you don’t want her to get adequate medical care?

You can argue adoption if the woman cannot afford to raise it but science has yet to come up with a way to transfer pregnancies if a woman cannot afford to be pregnant.

This is not a “pro-life” stance. It is blatantly anti woman. You are not willing to let a woman decide when she will be pregnant by her letting her boss make the decisions regarding birth control and abortion. Then once a woman is forced to carry a fetus to term because she couldn’t afford birth control or an abortion (again, because I her employer’s “morals” and the “morals” of her elected officials), you want to deny her prenatal care that helps assure that the baby is born healthy and no complications occur that endanger the mother’s life.

How is this right?

-RWW

Ms. Independent

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So you’re independent? What does that mean? What does that profit? Should I want to be independent too? Based on the media, music, and the urban dictionary, the independent woman is the woman that has high self-esteem, has her own house, her own money, and her own car; and because of it, she doesn’t need a man for anything. Hello – ladies! You have been deceived.

The first part of your deception: You believe you should receive props for being able to take care of yourself…

As an adult, you SHOULD have your own car, you SHOULD have your own house, and you definitely should have your own money. You are only taking care of yourself, like you SHOULD be doing. Me bragging about taking care of myself is like me bragging about being able to read. Everyone SHOULD know how to do it, but if they don’t, they’re considered “below average”. Being a responsible adult is NOT a badge of honor.

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The second part of the deception: Just because you have a house, a car, and money, you can claim this independent status…

If you are receiving Section 8, Food Stamps, or a welfare check, you do not fit in the category of “Mz Independent”. Why? Because you have a man taking care of you – and he goes by the name of….Uncle Sam. BY NO MEANS AM I AGAINST THE SYSTEM TO HELP THOSE IN NEED but I am not a fan of people portraying an image that does NOT accurately reflect them.

The third part of your deception: YOU BELIEVE THE MEDIA IS ACTUALLY ON YOUR SIDE!

The media is not your friend. Music, particularly hip hop, portrays this independent woman as some type of superficial diva. Just listen to the lyrics of the songs, they all have the same thing in common…according to them, the independent woman has her own money, gets her hair and nails done every single weekend and only needs a dude when it is time for sex. And the news makes us all look bad by saying things like “The independent woman cannot find a man because the men are not up to par.” NOOO; the independent woman can’t find a man because the independent woman IS a man…psychologically of course. Also the media is boosting the woman up into paying her own bills and not depending on anyone, while giving OUR men purses and sticking them in SKINNY JEANS!Image

A HUGE part of your deception: Just because you can do many things on your own, you believe you don’t need a man for ANYTHING.

Now, if this is true; if you TRULY don’t need a man for anything, the next time your car breaks down on the side of the highway – YOU get under the hood and fix it yourself. The next time you move into your own place…don’t call any man. Don’t call your uncle, your brother, your father, or your homeboy. Call all your “Miss Independent” friends to help you lift those couches onto that uhaul. As a matter of fact, let just replace ALL the construction workers, ALL the police, and ALL of the military with women. Then sit back and see how many buildings go up and how the citizens really feel about their safety. People would fear for their lives! China, North Korea, Iran…all of them would gang rape America… no pun intended.

Personally – I don’t care about being independent and of all the things I’ve accomplished. I would never call myself “Mz Independent”. Why? Because, when my car breaks down, IM CALLING A MAN… When my son needs some special discipline, IM CALLING A MAN….and if I EVER feel threatened, IM CALLING A MAN. Regardless of how “independent” I may appear to be – it would never have been made possible without [for whatever reason – good or bad – short lived or long term] all the men in my life. So ladies again, don’t be deceived. Check out the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31…this chick knew how to manage her money, she was physically fit, she knew how to manage her household, she had her own business, and she was confident and wise. Yet she still embraced her femininity and SUPPORTED AND RESPECTED her husband. So embrace your femininity, know that you are not the “I know it all” superwoman, know that it is okay to depend on SOME others for SOME things, and know that MEN ARE IMPORTANT! THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AND THEY ALWAYS WILL BE. Oh, and stop watching so much tv 😉

-RWW

(Source to be cited…)

Why George Zimmerman Won’t Testify

“One of the things I think is terrible here is…when something horrible happens to a family member…the one thing you have going for you– you don’t have much going for you–  but usually, the police are on your side.  Your unarmed kid went outside and was murdered, usually the police are on your side…As an African American parent, it’s really tough because we don’t know now how to protect our kids…The guy had on a hoodie…I gotta put my kid in a tuxedo? –Van Jones

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If you are following the case of The State of Florida v. George Zimmerman, then you probably know that GZ has opted NOT to testify on his on behalf in this trial, that could ultimately result in his imprisonment for up to life. Many are shocked that he feels comfortable enough in the outcome of this case to not even offer an official story aligned with his claim of self-defense – many are not.

GZ is not taking the stand because he is a liar. He has lied from the very beginning and he is afraid to take the stand. He knows that his lies have been picked apart. He is feeling the heat. There are so many lies, that I’m not even attempting to list them all but ask yourself; Can I REALLY trust the word of someone who killed and unarmed teenager under the claim of self defense – when every other thing that comes from his mouth is a lie?

GZ Lies:

  • April 2012 – Zimmerman promised the judge that upon release, he wouldn’t flee the country as he surrendered his passport. Too bad he didn’t find it necessary to turn over the SECOND passport the judge knew nothing about.
  • Zimmerman lied about the amount of money his defense fund had… GZ was recorded speaking in “code” to his wife about the funds. Remember, his wife was also charged with perjury in connection to lying to the judge about the funds.
  • The night GZ killed Trayvon Martin, he told police that he had a squeaky clean record when in fact; in 2005 he had been arrested and charged with “Resting Officer with Violence” and “Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer” – both felonies. GZ’s ex-fiancé filed a restraining order (which was granted) after GZ violently assaulted her. After his arrest for the murder of TM, GZ also lied about having ever gone through a pretrial-diversion program before…the program that he had gone through after assaulting a law enforcement officer.
  • During the April 20, 2012 bond hearing, GZ offered an [half-ass] apology to TM’s parents, saying that he did not know that TM was so young but per GZ 911 call, he described TM as a being in his “late teens”. Trayvon was 17 at the time of his murder.
  • GZ lied during his initial statement saying that TM jumped out of the bushes to confront him. During the reenactment, GZ took detectives to the spot where the incident occurred but conveniently “didn’t see where [TM] came from.

Those are just a few of GZ’s many lies that he’s been caught up on and that can be proven without a shadow of doubt.

“Do not underestimate the value of proving that George Zimmerman is a liar. In order to acquit him, the jury must first believe him”

Riddle me this:

GZ mentions that once Trayvon was shot, he [Trayvon] said to him, “You got me, you got it” like he was dying some dramatic movie death or something.

“He even says that once he shot Trayvon, he [Zimmerman] somehow was able to get on top of him and straddle him while he was face down on the ground. According to Zimmerman, during this time he had pinned Trayvon’s arms down and was yelling at him to stop while Trayvon screamed and cursed. He even went further and said that someone came up with a flashlight and Zimmerman asked for help subduing Trayvon because he was still struggling. Keep in mind, Zimmerman said all of this took place after Trayvon was shot. If you listen to one of the 911 calls where you can hear screams in the background, you hear nonstop screams for help until you hear gunshots. No random yelling, screaming, or cursing like Zimmerman said was also going on at the time; just cries for help. Once the gun is fired, there is pure silence until neighbors begin to trickle out and the police come.”

Note: During the trial, Dr. Bao testified that once Trayvon was shot, he would not have been able to talk. He surely would not have been able to scream, curse, or struggle with a bullet in his heart…a bullet that pierced his lung and caused him to bleed out. It’s simply not possible.

I’m no mathematician but a ton of lies don’t sum up to truth.

Do you really believe that George Zimmerman, a man well versed in law enforcement, with a judge as a dad, an active duty officer as an uncle, and a mother as a court reporter – all dense with experience and lies – is credible; Thus innocent?

I don’t think so.

-RWW