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I guess this was inevitable, given the crowded state of our little universe…

Anne Michaud of the Crain’s Insider took a swipe at Ben today for — she says — copying her work, writing in his comment section: “This post appears to be almost entirely lifted from this morning’s Crain’s Insider.”

Ben’s response:

“As a matter of fact, I couldn’t have stolen your gem because I didn’t make it to Crain’s today, and don’t most days, because of its paleolithic, suicidal distribution method.”

Now, that colorful exchange has given life to a whole new site, dedicated to the Crain’s Insider.

“Are you all tired of the Innacurate [sic] Insider? Tired of reading story after story you know is wrong. Well, starting today, we are going to work together to bring a bit of truth to the Insider.”

Gary Tilzer, the guy rumored to have been behind other, similar-looking anonymous sites, like, said this latest site is not his.

“I didn’t do it,” he told me. “I don’t even get the Crain’s Insider.”

I have no clue who put this up. (I have even less clue who in the world is going to read it.) Since it is hosted on Google’s free blogging software, the url ends with That ending makes it impossible to search who registered the site at places like who.go and

While the idea of a blog dedicated to picking up a reporter’s inaccuracies makes me cringe, it goes to show that we should get used to the idea of hearing from our readers. All of them.

— Azi Paybarah

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