Re: Restaurant Critic Fired For Plagiarism
As someone who teaches both media law and media ethics (yes, I know -- "isn't that an oxymoron?"), this is an all-too-familiar example of the kind of excuses I get as an instructor: [From Elliott Shaffner's open letter] "Did I even recognize what I was doing was plagiarism. I did not."
I don't buy it. Mixing up someone else's words with your own might happen innocently, once -- even though it would be very sloppy journalism and still very problematic. But apparently she did this multiple times for multiple outlets.
My "favorite" line: "It was not intentionally deceitful or steal-y."