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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 01/27/2012

CBS, blogger/aggregator do the right thing

Penn State coach Joe Paterno, victim of bad aggregation. (Jim Prisching - AP)
Just a little while ago, Adam Jacobi sent out some news-making messages over his Twitter account:

I had an awesome 17 months with CBSSports.com. I’m sorry to everyone, most importantly the Paterno family, for how it ended.

And this:

In the end, CBS had to let me go for the Paterno story going out the way it did, and I understand completely. Thanks, everyone, for reading.

So I reached out to Jacobi, and he rang me up forthwith. He didn’t want to comment beyond the basic facts: He was the fellow who had aggregated OnwardState’s bogus story of Joe Paterno’s Saturday-night death onto the CBSSports.com site. And he had been dismissed as a result.

“Past that, I have no comment,” said Jacobi. “I don’t want to put any more logs on the fire.”

Classy way to take a career-jolting hit. And while we’re issuing plaudits, let’s throw some to his employer as well. CBSSports.com could easily have kept Jacobi right where he was. Just issue a statement expressing commitment to further training and be done with the issue. But a firing sends a message that CBSSports.com cares more about its credibility than it does about one employee’s job security.

Not only does CBSSports.com put on notice its employees that multiple sourcing matters, it puts on notice the entire industry.

Speaking of which, what’s happening with Huffington Post on the disciplinary front? Any reprimands/actions for its erroneous aggregation? “No comment,” says Huffington Post spokesman Mario Ruiz.

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Tags:  cbs, joe paterno, onward state, penn state, aggregator

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