It’s strange, though, that a reporter would make such a serious (and false) claim without calling us or emailing us to check the facts.
I appreciate that “Heard on the Hill” attempts to be funny, but being humorous doesn’t prevent one from following basic journalistic practices.
The false claim that we had violated copyright law resulted in a complaint being filed against us. That meant our staff had to spend significant time resolving the issue to show that (1) we did not use the song “Headband,” as you suggested and (2) we had paid for the use of the soundtrack in the ad.
A simple call or email would have saved a great deal of time and effort. It would also have shown that you have high standards for your reporters. Unfortunately, that’s now in question.
Next time you accuse us of stealing intellectual property — or using a song in an improper way — why don’t you . . . call me maybe?
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.