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Think Progress Gets P3WNED! Trying to Bag McCain

They thought they had caught Maverick in what they probably expected to be an incident splashed all over MSNBC by dinner time.

One problem: they got the facts ass backwards; hence the (UPDATED) addendum and two separate ass-covering apologies for being so out for blood that they didn’t do thorough research before blasting out their “GOTCHA!”

EXCLUSIVE: McCain’s Foreign Affairs Speech Plagiarizes 1996 Address By Adm. Timothy Ziemer (UPDATED)

Michael Goldfarb: “Think Progress has since updated their post explaining they “regret the error.” Errors do tend to happen when your source can only be identified as “5th Estate.””

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Get Ready for the Storm [Update]

It’s gone global. The usual suspects are gonna go crazy. Three cheers for LiveLeak for refusing to be cowed.

Fitna the Movie: Geert Wilders’ film about the Quran (English)

UPDATE: “Serious” death threats forces LiveLeak to pull film.

But you can still find in on this and this (and probably other) torrent sites. The cat’s out of the bag; and threatening LiveLeak employees’ lives for hosting the film helps make Wilders’ case.

Another Bullet in the Old Gray Lady’s Ass

Jason Blair all over again? No, this one is worse:

If verbatim theft is what counts, then Lee is not guilty. No two sentences are exact duplicates. But it sure appears that he virtually copied entire phrases, ideas and even the basic structure of Newsweek’s original article. I contacted Brown to ask him what he thought of Lee’s story. Does it amount to plagiarism?

“I’d say this is certainly a case where the similarities are not coincidental,” Brown said. “There are too many phrases that are too similar. One of the dead giveaways for plagiarism is that while the words may be slightly changed, the structure remains the same. That certainly seems to be the case here. And if it’s not plagiarism, it’s certainly sloppy and lazy journalism. This is not fair to the original writer. The New York Times should be more careful about this. Given its history, the Times needs to be very careful about this sort of thing.”

This guy has been ripping off the work of other people for years, and the Times’s editors knew it:

In 2003, The Villager, a small New York City newspaper, published the following article, titled “You be the judge”:

For a while, we had become inured to The New York Times lifting our stories, but we finally got sick of it.

On June 25, we sent to The New York Times over two dozen articles that closely parallel articles previously published in The Villager, and requested a review from senior New York Times management. An investigation by Connie Rosenblum, New York Times City Section editor ensued, and the matter was referred to one of her superiors, Bill Borders, a New York Times senior editor. After a three-week review, the Times acknowledged that The Villager’s original reporting should have been credited for some of these articles. Borders said that he agreed that “the Times seemed to show an unhealthy reliance on prior reporting in The Villager.”

The Times, however, did not respond to a request by The Villager to inform New York Times readers of this “unhealthy reliance” through a correction or editor’s note.

The New York Times sets a high standard in journalism. Its own ethics policy reads: “The Times treats it readers as fairly and openly as possible. In print and online, we tell our readers the complete, unvarnished truth as best we can learn it. It is our policy to correct our errors, large and small, as soon as we become aware of them.” In this case, it is our view that the Times has not met its own high standard.

It should not be difficult for the Times to acknowledge that its writers read, and draw from, other publications. The Times needs to enforce its attribution policy to credit the efforts of other independent news gathering organizations for their original reporting. It’s a matter of fairness, professional courtesy and good journalistic ethics.

Below is a sample of articles from The New York Times, paired with the attached previously published Villager article, that we think highlights the Times’ lack of attribution — and its “unhealthy reliance on previous reporting in The Villager.”

Denny Lee wrote sixteen of those stories.

May, 2003 was when Jason Blair was caught out and subsequently fired. The Times learned, one month later, that Denny Lee was ripping off The Villager at a wholesale rate, presenting the stories he was filing as his own work, and did nothing about it. Indeed, the only time they have found it necessary to print a correction to one of this douchebag’s fake “reportage” was when he wrote a 2006 piece about Lithuania–a country he’s never stepped foot in–and wrote about two bars that no longer existed when he filed his copy. He’d trolled the web and ripped off, among others, The Guardian, The National Post of Canada and USA Today.

This time, he’s caught ripping off Newsweek on a story about Argentina. So, it seems he graduated from local rags to more respectable sources he chooses to steal from with seeming impunity.

Did any of those “layers” of editors ever think of checking the bastard’s passport? Especially after his Excellent Lithuanian Adventure?

After the Blair embarrassment, you’d think they’d be sensitive to this kind of thing, and anyone caught would immediately be out the door as a warning to other reporters that it would not be tolerated.

Yet Denny Lee–with a mile long rap sheet–still works at the Times.

The Argentine Post: NYT Argentina Story Lifted Material From Newsweek

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