Thursday, August 7, 2008

Second-hand leftism

Routine plagiarism was editorial policy at an "alternative weekly" in Texas:
Like many alt weeklies, the paper's bread-and-butter is politics, and from the spring of 2005 on, its political op-eds comprise an apparently unbroken sequence of pilfered prose. The Bulletin's archives reveal a strong preference for the online magazine Salon -- in particular, the punditry of Joe Conason and Sidney Blumenthal. Compiling a complete annotated list of articles would require the services of a half-dozen unpaid interns, so a few examples will have to suffice.
Plagiarizing Sidney Blumenthal? Talk about desperation.

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