dailybeast05.06.09.pngAt 5:02 p.m. yesterday, The Daily Beast‘s Stryker McGuire published a story about News Corp.’s “secret plan to charge for content.” In it, he wrote “The Daily Beast has learned, Murdoch’s News Corp. has set up a global team, based in New York, London, and Sydney, to create a system for charging for online content in an environment where consumers have come to expect to get it for free.”

Seven hours later, the New York Post‘s Peter Lauria wrote the same story, without citing the Beast article. While it’s certainly possible both scribes were working on the piece at the same time, Post‘s article reads as a reactionary one.

(For those who keep track of this type of thing, the Post got the Drudge link.)