bit of doggerel, casually tossed off on August 16th,
has taken on a life of its own.
played on the Nationally syndicated "Stephanie Miller Show" (8-17)
my recorded version ran on KOPT's "Nancy Stapp Show" (8-19)
Then, The Eugene Weekly decided to run it, uncredited and unrecompensed on 9-15.
Why this is, no man knows ... 'ere 'tis:
Battle Hymn of the NeoCons
then, the EUGENE WEEKLY decided to print it, because, evidently,
"it was on the internet" and, while five minutes of Googling
would have found the author, the first two stanzas were published,
credited to "Anon." Naturally, as a Writers Union Member, I
take a dim view of copyright infringement (we successtully pursued
"Tasini v. New York Times" all the way to the Supreme Court,
where writers rights to their copyrighted material was upheld by a
So, I called the editor, Ted Taylor, who never actually apologized, nor did he offer compensation for publishing my material without permission. "Fair Use" doesn't extend to commercial publications printing for profit.
He said he'd "correct" it. (This is what they ran -- in teeny weeny little type):
alas, this wasn't the first time this YEAR that the EUGENE WEEKLY decided to snark
me in print. Earlier, and having stomped on AVA's shutdown the previous week (kicking
Bruce Anderson when he was already down), I noted it. This was their
Talk about snarky! I also noted that the library had the microfilm index online for quite a while -- indeed, my last article for AVA Oregon relied heavily on microfilmed articles on Vicki Walker from the R-G, researched initially over the internet. In other words, when you discover the the world isn't flat, is that news? Or is it shoddy, self-absorbed me-journalism?
Having never held the position as Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary or Treasurer of the Democratic Party of Lane County, snarking, was, as per usual, more important than facts.. This is what they ran:
bad they couldn't get their facts straight. Or, actually, it's TYPICAL
that they can't get their facts straight.
Frankly, that "ball buster" comment on their "correction" and minus so much as a minor nod to their illegal behavior (to say nothing of an apology) is just beyond the pale. Clueless, rude and lawless.
Now this may not make any difference to anyone. You might think it doesn't matter. But the next time somebody steals your lawn mower, then tells you that they didn't know it was yours, and uses it, returns it without so much as a faretheewell or replacing the gasoline they used, well, perhaps you'll understand how I feel.
That's some kind of "professionalism" in a "newspaper."
I tried to resolve this quietly and amicably, without sending my Union Grievance Officer, or retaining a lawyer. But I guess they just don't cotton to acting civilized. So, what do you think? Do I declare war?
-- Hart Williams 9-22-05
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