When we began Slabbed I viewed myself as a fair to middlin’ stock market basher with some decent pumping skills. Along those lines I was surprised when certain members of the media began calling me an investigative journalist, a title I accept reluctantly as I have no formal training in the field of journalism. And what I didn’t know about the field was stunning and some of that ignorance shows on these pages. In reality the fact is I’m just the writer whose work is made possible by a community of bloggers and especially our researcher, whose presence on the team makes a difference in the quality and quantity of material I am able to present to our readers.
So while we are not formally organized at this point it does not change the fact there is some serious journalism on these pages. Having our work ripped off was nothing new, but after my partner in blog Nowdy was ripped off ad nauseum on Judge Martin Feldman’s blatant conflict of interest on the drill moratorium case, I made my mind up I would henceforth be a bit more militant about demanding our work be properly attributed. I mean heck, if our blogging on Feldman was good enough to be used for research by every major network out of New York then I figured the least they could do was give proper credit for that work.
I say all this because while we like seeing our work “cross over” we just don’t get the warm fuzzies anymore unless it is attributed. The pay for what we do here is nonexistent and in fact I figure Nowdy and I are out-of-pocket 5 figures easily for PACER since beginning Slabbed. We’re just citizen bloggers trying to make a positive difference for this region.
So along those lines we were gratified to see Paul Rioux at the Times Picayune give us the Hat Tip in his report in today’s paper on the River Birch lawsuit. The “blog” article is not yet online at NOLA but a reader sent me the “formal” link to today’s print story, where we learn the much talked about “audit” of the River Birch contract by the Parish has seemingly been delayed until next month among other things. For those interested in everything River Birch this article is a must read.