Is every journalist a plagiarist under today’s ethics rules?

Baltimore City Paper
David Simon says if we agree to the definition of plagiarism implied in both Baltimore City Paper’s coverage of the Michael Olesker flap and the Baltimore Sun’s response, then perhaps every rewrite man is a plagiarist. “So, too, for reporters who routinely write stories using morgue clippings for background, or who work to catch up on a competitor’s reportage and err by not independently confirming every single detail. So, too, for every columnist who ever used reported material — either his own newspaper’s or that of another — as the given terrain on which to maneuver. A lot of people need to be fired, apparently.” (Related story.)

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