Déjà vu?
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 21st January 2017
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September 15, 2016 8:31 pm ET

Is imitation really the sincerest form of flattery?

Source: Déjà vu?

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Before I move on to my next exclusive­ column/blog, I’m inviting you to a picnic where I’m going to serve up some links (hot dogs) in something that was brought to my attention by a reader sent via Facebook.

This link doesn’t any mustard:

http://www.buzzbeeler.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Someone_pays_attention.png

I left out the name of the media name to protect the ?.

Even though this link may be somewhat dated, there is no expiration date and the meat (message) is still good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwmVfewqu7I

While you enjoy that first link, the words “…it’s alright” begs the question –Is it really alright?

In order to find out, let me set the table with some more links and your choice of toppings (opinions) regarding whether or not my recipe is being re-heated by other outlets.

The whole notion of this “feast” was served to me by a reader who picked up on something I have known for a long time—in the mass media, stories get “borrowed” all the time.

Mind you, I don’t mind seeing my utterings being “re-uttered” because, as the saying goes:

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery

To that end, I don’t mind if someone wants to serve up one of my home cooked recipes, but at least give me some credit for coming up with the meal.

This stuff gets a little crazy.

In this recent article:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-police-rape-reports-20160909-story.html

I received an email asking if I was the “Buzz” who wrote this? I explained to the person that I (unfortunately) am not the Buzz that broke this story. Nonetheless, it was a great article.

Now you will notice how the reporter revealed the source of the article, which is the response to the first question regarding the famous Beatles tune. In this case, it was alright.

And with that, I leave you with this low cal link to ponder:

https://stevebuttry.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/you-can-quote-me-on-that-advice-on-attribution-for-journalists/

It seems like, on occasion, one meal serves of lot of media folks who sometimes needed to be reminded to use their napkins properly and wipe the ink spots off their pages.

Oh, and they also need to say that there is another Buzz(Feed) providing them with, shall we say, “inspiration.”

With that said, I’ll save the rest of the links and put them in the freezer for another time.

Sincerely, your humble correspondent, Buzz Beeler.