Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Plagiarism: the "I'm too important" defense

A post by Marisa Guthrie on the Fareed Zakaria plagiarism matter ends with the text:

Certainly others, including MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd have successfully weathered plagiarism accusations. All are gainfully employed by major media outlets. "Some of these people fall in the too-big-to-fail category because they attract ratings or readers," notes a veteran Washington journalist. "So media companies are willing to give them a pass for offenses that might lead to the firing of less experienced journalists. The key is for the transgressors to admit the mistake, apologize and move on."

The first two were almost regulars on "Meet the Press" under the regime, leading one to wonder whether the show was really "Meet the Plagiarists."

The Laurence Tribe matter could fit into the rubric also.


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