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May 03, 2003
I DON'T REALLY HAVE MUCH TO SAY about this plagiarism scandal at the New York Times. In general, I'm slower to call things plagiarism than some people, but this seems to be a classic case. I'll just note that this sort of thing happens both in the blogosphere, and in Big Media, which at any rate is evidence that having editors isn't any guarantee that it won't happen.
UPDATE: Susanna Cornett and Laurence Simon blame affirmative action. Well, maybe -- but I seem to recall seeing a post somewhere to the effect that Johnny Apple had an even higher percentage of corrections. So maybe the problem goes deeper.