Stories regularly make the leap from local weblogs like FWOb and Fort Wayne Politics to print media in Fort Wayne. The journalistic practice of the old media is not to acknowledge the origin of story ideas - or for that matter - the origin of the facts in the stories.
It happens so often it is almost unremarkable. One recent print media story left its readers with a misimpression regarding a key fact it omitted. However, print folks have suffered for many decades from seeing print work regularly show up on electronic media that, well, there is some sympathy for the inksters.
The trouble with print is that when a leap is made, the print is handicapped by its slower news cycle.
Now comes a leap from the weblogs to Indiana's NewsCenter. INC's Jeff Neumeyer reports today on the Annie Eckrich/CodePink story. And, it is also handicapped by the slower news cycle.
There is a big story playing out across the blogosphere regarding Code Pink protesters having stolen the identity of Annie Eckrich in order to illegally enter the Republican National Convention by fraud. The incident by CodePink took place on the night of Sarah Palin's speech.
Annie Eckrich, a Fort Wayne Realtor and former Allen County Council member, was an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention - representing Indiana's Third Congressional District.
This story is likely to break into the national print media.
CodePink protesters wore a name badge for Ms. Eckrich that they had likely picked up from a reception sponsored by the National Association of Realtors for Realtors who were delegates or alternates to the Republican National Convention. The reception was held at the Crown Plaza hotel in St. Paul, approximately 4 blocks from the Xcel Center were the convention was held.
Ms. Eckrich had been unable to attend the Realtors reception and believes it likely that the Code Pink conspirators picked up the unused badge at that location.
Unfortunately, initial reports on some weblogs erroneously accused Ms. Eckrich of having provided the badge to the CodePink operatives. That is because CodePink issued a press release saying that they had been given credentials by a disgruntled Republican delegate.
The two protesters were CodePink founders Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans. Ms. Evans is a top fundraiser for Democratic presidental nominee Barack Obama.
Ms. Eckrich only learned of the controversy when she was contacted by a print journalist who had seen the report on the blogs. Due to the acts of CodePink, Ms. Eckrich spent parts of yesterday and today investigating the origin of the reports and providing refutation to the blogs that had initially reported it.
The initial bloggers have now largely corrected the record regarding the circumstances.
Annie Eckrich has been wronged in all of this and it is the direct cause of the radical Code Pink.
The Republican National Convention began on a subdued note Monday. But the spirits in the hall are running high tonight. I have been present at four prior convention closing nights and I would rate this evenings' optimism as perhaps the highest of any I have attended.
The Indiana delegation to the Republican National Convention is excited about the change-up in the configuration of the main stage for tonight's session.
The Indiana seating is behind Missouri just to the right of the main platform as seen by the television viewer.
Note that the main access and egress point for the Indiana delegates is located next to the floor level stage for CNN. However. far be it for me to suggest you subject yourself to Wolf Blitzer all night.