Stop the presses! TV gets a story idea from a print publication!

On May 1, Baltimore City Paper ran a story about a former police officer who makes robots out of old toys and other items.churn Nine days later CNN also profiled the cop and his hobby.

“We say CNN ripped us off,” writes editor Evan Serpick. “You be the judge.” (Baltimore Sun police reporter Justin Fenton asks him: “Didn’t the Afro [newspaper] have it first?” City Paper’s replay: “Stories were pretty much concurrent.”)

Ripped off? Perhaps, but I’m guessing that wasn’t the only story on CNN that day that was first reported by a print journalist.

UPDATE: Read what my Facebook friends and subscribers say about City Paper’s complaint.

* Robocop: Retired city policeman takes refuge among droids (
* The real Robocop: Ex-policeman builds robot from household goods (
* Retired officer builds human-like robot from appliances (