2004: Wikipedia plagiarizes NYTimes. 2014: Our turn now. Jul 30, 2014 14:00:22 GMT -5
Post by Milowent on Jul 30, 2014 14:00:22 GMT -5
On Monday, Fishbowl DC uncovered a section of a NY Times article by Carol Vogel which plainly lifted a paragraph from the Wikipedia entry of some old dead painter, Piero di Cosimo. A few words are changed, but its actually a plainly clear case of plagiarism. The NYTimes ombudsmen (public editor, whatever she's called) has already agreed, today.
And just last week, Buzzfeed editor Benny Johnson was fired for copying wikipedia -- the atrocities being unearthed by anonymous twitter types after Johnson bitched about a claimed copying of some article he did on George H.W. Bush's sock fetish.
I've seen some of my wikipedia entries being used as a source for articles before (because the articles cite facts in the same light that I cast them on wikipedia) without attribution, but not wholesale copying like this.
As the NYTimes is still held up as a bastion of journalism, though, this is disheartening. Apparently Vogel has had past scrapes:
"Among other journalists, New York Times reporter Carol Vogel is about as unpopular as can be. Why? For one, she routinely runs stories other writers and publications broke first, and presents them as her own."
The plagiarism charged now appears in the first paragraph of the NY Times article, that surely made it easier for someone to find.
Vogel also is not some 20something whippersnapper who doesn't know how to crack open a book or flip phone. The first byline I can see for her in the New York Times is way back in 1981.