Sunday, August 19, 2007

More on plagiarism and false reporting: whole lot of borrowing going on

American Thinker gives 21 examples of false reporting/plagiarism, which range through the television media (ABC, CBS) through major print media (Newsweek, New York Times) reaching even the Sacramento Bee and my beloved Orlando Sentinel.

Most of my favorites weren't covered. For pure dull-witted stupidity, the Boston Globe describing plagiarist/copyist Joyce Hatto as "the greatest living pianist that almost no one has heard of" has to be right up there. Of course, the New York Times once reported the results of a panel on DNA profiling/fingerprinting exactly the OPPOSITE to what the results were. Recall, in the old days, the New York Times defended its building with Gatling guns, but now many readers simply believe what's in the Times, including the gobbleygook about patent reform.

One hundred years ago, Wilbur Wright was talking to Octave Chanute about newspaper talk. Nothing has changed.

On the blog front, one has the following interesting statement from BNN:

BNN immediately investigated the claim, and discovered that the BNN writer in question, Shantanu Dutta, had indeed presented the complainant’s material as though it were his own. Mr. Dutta’s account was suspended pending further investigation. A quick review, followed by a more comprehensive check of numerous stories, found numerous instances of plagiarism in Mr. Dutta’s work. The offenses were so numerous and so widespread that it was often more difficult to find original, unplagiarised material in his postings than to find plagiarized material. The most common offense found is the simple cutting and pasting of large blocks of text from published news articles into Mr. Dutta’s postings.

Sort of reminds one of patent law professors writing on patent reform. Patrick Doody in The Patent System is Not Broken, 18 Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal 10 (December 2006) suggested that various legal academics were recycling ideas from Jaffe and Lerner's Innovation and Its Discontents.

Of course, in turn, Jaffe and Lerner may have borrowed their subtitle from Quillen and Webster.

See also, Getting the Patent Reform Wars on Track,


Blogger Simon Barrett said...

Hi there,

I am the editor of BNN. Plagiarism is rife within the online world, and while it is not possible or practical for us to chach every article that is submitted, we do take it very seriously. And this was a case in point.

I think it is a shame that more sites do not attack the issue. Our decision to go public with the statement was to make sure that everyone understands our position.


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