The Washington Post has suspended William Booth, Alexander C. Kaufman reports. The Post apologized earlier this week, saying Booth lifted copy from an article by a University of Southern California professor in a story he wrote about the Panama Canal.
Booth is the paper’s bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Kaufman has a letter from Post Executive Editor Marty Baron to Andrea Hricko, the professor to whose work Booth helped himself. The plagiarism “represented a serious violation of our ethics standards,” Baron writes.
We are also taking severe and appropriate action with regard to the reporter, William Booth. Violations of The Washington Post’s standards bring serious consequences.
“I believe that the Washington Post acted with integrity and responsibility in this case,” Hricko told Kaufman.