Per the Cash Controversy, a journo writes (edited for anonymity and to achieve a PG-13 rating, the mouths on these folks…):
I was just talking with one of my editors. He was noting how much easier it is for USA Today to write a story based on an Ed Sector report than it is to do the legwork on their own. And he wasn’t talking about the hassle of tracking down the info, but the political risk in biting the hand that feeds you. Since the union controls a lot of the below-the-radar information flow, most newspapers –especially smaller ones– don’t want to f**k with them. But if someone else comes forward and is willing to take the heat, they’ll run with it 9 times out of 10.