John on February 28, 2008 at 12:14 pm
It’s the cardinal sin in journalism, taking someone else’s work without attribution. Slate has the goods:
Times Managing Editor Jill Abramson says that the piece’s author, Alexei Barrionuevo, concedes that he lifted the two passages. Barrionuevo had been working on the paco story for a couple of weeks and realized at the end of the process that he needed definitional passages about the drug to distinguish it from crack cocaine. She says that instead of consulting his notes, which he claims contained the information, he relied on Google. Indeed, a copy of the Herald story can be found via Google.
Did Barrionuevo commit plagiarism?
“Yes,” says Abramson. “I think when you take material almost word-for-word and don’t credit it, it is.” Like most employers, the Times doesn’t discuss internal personnel issues. Citing this policy, Abramson declines comment on whether a reprimand is planned.
So they’ve admitted it. But click over to read the two passages and you’ll see they really didn’t have much choice in this case. It’s obvious.
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