Friday, October 21, 2005
It appears that several papers across the country all have the same editorial, but with the various papers tossing in some touches of their own to put a local spin on it. How is this not plagiarism? The Merriam definition of Plagarizing is: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source. The various editorials are not credited. The post linked above has the writer of the editorial (who strangely enough used to be a White House communications staff member) defending the practice. Yet he is not credited with being the source of these editorials. Plagarism is not dependent upon the work of the author being stolen. It is the presentation of another authors work as your own that is the offense. Merriam: Plagarizing: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source. It clearly is an unethical journalistic enterprise that is being carried forth here and of course, being unethical, it is coming from the wingnuts.
Serves them right.
But they're running scared these days, have you heard...
Today on EWM, a scientific shocker: Study: Euthanizing Right-wing Pundits would Solve Global Warming
It's an original...promise...I can't lie, God is on my side...
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