When you're a blogger, you already have a reputation as someone who plays free and loose with journalistic integrity. Therefore, when you are asked to adhere to ethical standards and respect news embargoes, you need to be that much more respectful, lest you destroy your reputation and be forced to play catch-up for eternity.
My friend B.D. Gallof and I had much of this information a few days ago. We knew there would be a Town of Hempstead press conference today, and we knew in vague terms what it would mean. Now, the Long Island Herald got the green light and shared the story: Today, at 11 AM, the Town of Hempstead will announce its intention to vote on a "zoning plan" for the Lighthouse Project.
Some people are already going into hysterics, saying this, at long last, means a "No" for the Lighthouse Project. Not quite; it may simply be what Charles Wang has been asking for: Just tell me what I can build.
I'm not going into more detail now...I'll be back in a couple of hours with detailed analysis. Check out Hockey Independent if I don't have anything up by 11.
This post updated at 10:25 AM on February 10 to remove the suggestion that the reporting of this news was unethical...I don't think the Herald's actions were at all unethical; I just knew that the bloggers couldn't break the story.