Is linking just polite, or is it a core value of journalism?

a discussion triggered by the Wall Street Journal's failure to link to a blogger's scoop

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  1. Hillel Fuld, a technology writer, said that it was irrelevant whether MG Siegler wrote about the news, because the WSJ had confirmed it independently:
  2. I said that I thought it did matter -- and then Wired writer Tim Carmody said that linking wasn't a matter of trust, but simply a feature that some stories might have and others might not:
  3. At this point, Felix Salmon from Reuters also said he didn't understand how this was an issue of trust -- since he trusts the WSJ to tell him the news: 
  4. Tim Carmody mentioned that I wrote a post about journalistic credibility, but didn't mention that he and I had talked about it on Twitter, and didn't link to his tweets: 
  5. I said that to me, a story involving news that someone else broke was somewhat different, but that linking was an important thing regardless:
  6. Tim said that the Wall Street Journal's policy is not to link if the newspaper has independently confirmed the news:
  7. Felix Salmon argued to me and New York Times editor Patrick Laforge that linking to sources of information is different than crediting other sites with scoops:
  8. but I said I don't think that's true:
  9. Felix also agreed with Adam Penenberg, who said that there is a difference between a real scoop that you alone came up with, and news that would eventually break anyway: