Examiner.com is caught ‘pulling a Daily Mail’

Missoulian Cops and Courts Blog
Regular Romenesko+ readers know what that is. After noticing two Examiner.com writers’ plagiarism, the Missoulian’s Gwen Florio called the Philip Anschutz-owned news outfit’s Denver office “where a woman named Lindsey repeatedly refused to give us the name of its attorney (‘you can email legal@examiner.com’) or of either woman’s supervisor (‘they’re not employees, they’re independent contractors”). She directed us to Examiner.com’s terms of use page to log complaints.” Florio invites journalists to tweet
their plagiarism tales at #Examinerplagiarism.

Missoulian story

What began as an act of civil disobedience by renegade mountain biker Ron Cron – who in May 2009 was caught building an illegal trail called “Original Sin” on Crane Mountain near Bigfork – has since evolved into a volunteer service agreement with the Flathead National Forest to maintain and improve existing trails.

Examiner.com story (two days later)

What started as an act of civil disobedience by renegade mountain biker Ron Cron – who in May 2009 was caught building an illegal trail called “Origional Sin” on Crane Mountain near Bigfork- has since changed into a volunteer service agreement with the Flathead National Forest to maintain and improve exsisting trails.


Missoulian story

After eight hours of deliberations, a jury found a Stevenville woman guilty on Friday night of vehicular homicide and two other charges while the family of the victim erupted in tears.

Katie Garding was accused of striking and killing Bronson Parsons, originally from Troy, with her SUV on a darkened Highway 200 in East Missoula while driving drunk on Jan. 1, 2008.

Examiner.com story (a day later)

It took eight hours of deliberations, but a jury found Katie Garding, a Stevenville woman, guilty on Friday night of vehicular homicide along with two other charges. The family of the victim erupted in tears while the verdict was read.

Katie Garding was accused of striking and killing Bronson Parsons, with her SUV on Highway 200 in East Missoula, while driving drunk on Jan. 1, 2008.

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  • Marv Dumon

    I write for Examiner.com.  This is embarrassing.

  • Anonymous

    A certain “examiner” has played havoc with a missing persons case, over the past 19 months.   

    The Susan Powell disappearance became her fodder, and she promoted the husband’s “Susan ran off with another missing man” in EVERY story she wrote — and then took over as “Missing Persons Examiner”.

    Unfortunately, early on, I tried to assist the poor woman by telling her that it was spelled Tooele, not Tuwilla.  Honest to God, she couldn’t even cut and paste.

    I don’t know why she hasn’t been sued, except that certain “friends” seem to thing she’s legitimate — and love having their names in “the news”.

  • Anonymous

    What’s outrageous isn’t that this happened. What’s outrageous is that it may very well be legal. If not enough gets copies to qualify as copyright infringement (hard to tell) and the hot news doctrine goes down (also hard to tell), this will be perfectly legal. Queen Arianna I will be able to replace her rewriters with APIs and free ride all the way to the bank.