Cooks Source Magazine Is Sorry The Internet Turned On Them

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If you’ve been following the Cooks Source Magazine controversy, the magazine (well, now they’re backing off their lofty claims and saying they are a “newspaper-type magazine, called ‘magazine’ because it doesn’t generally include what is known as ‘news,'”) apologized on their website. They say that they’ve acquiesced to author Monica Gaudio’s requests for a public apology and a donation to the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and even in good faith gave an additional gift to the Western New England food bank. Monica Gaudio noted on her Twitter that she is still checking if these claims are true.

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While some may be satisfied by the apology, there are still some holes in this story. In the apology there is no mention of why Judith Griggs felt the entire Internet was public domain or anything about the fate of the editor. Cooks Source spends a huge part of the letter claiming their Facebook was hacked and that people should report that, saying the “snipers who are perpetuating hate have gotten out of hand.” They also say that it took Cooks Source four days to track down the Facebook corporate phone number. (Attention Cooks Source Magazine: It took me 0.56 seconds to find that number. I googled “facebook corporate headquarters.”)

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The more important point here is that no company, big or small, can get away with stealing someone’s work. Cooks Source Magazine is learning that lesson the hard way: According to NPR, the public radio station sent a cease and desist letter to the publication for republishing one of their articles without consent. Although the magazine claims they will be changing their ways, I find it hard to believe that the haughty letter really shows that they are sorry for pissing off the Internet.