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Dowd Caught Plagiarizing Lefty Blogger

From a forgiving Associated Press:

N.Y. Times’ Dowd Admits Lifting Blogger’s Words

NEW YORK —  New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has admitted to using a paragraph virtually word-for-word from a prominent liberal blogger without attribution.

Dowd acknowledged the error in an e-mail to The Huffington Post on Sunday, the Web site reported. The Times corrected her column online to give proper credit for the material to Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall.

The newspaper issued a formal correction on Monday and corrected the version that appears online.

The error appeared in Dowd’s Sunday column, in which she criticized the Bush administration’s use of interrogation methods in the run-up to the Iraq war.

In the original column, Dowd wrote: "More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when the Bush crowd was looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq."

Marshall last week wrote virtually the same sentence. But where Dowd’s column used the phrase "the Bush crowd was," Marshall used "we were."

Dowd, who won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1990, told The Huffington Post that the mistake was unintentional. She claims she never read Marshall’s post last week and had heard the line from a friend who did not mention reading it in Marshall’s blog

In the updated version on the Times’ site, Dowd’s column had this note: "An earlier version of this column failed to attribute a paragraph about the timeline for prisoner abuse to Josh Marshall’s blog at Talking Points Memo."

Notice that Ms. Dowd only admitted her plagiarism after she was caught red-handed.

Also note how she tries to minimize what the AP calls “the error”:

"More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when the Bush crowd was looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq."

Yes, that is exactly the kind of line you would “hear from a friend” and that you would remember verbatim.

But Ms. Dowd always was a liar.

The New York Times ‘correction’ is just as mendacious:

Corrections

Published: May 18, 2009

Opinion

Maureen Dowd’s column on Sunday, about torture, failed to attribute a paragraph about the timeline for prisoner abuse to Josh Marshall’s blog at Talking Points Memo.

You see, Ms. Dowd simply forgot the footnote.

Her columns are famous for their footnotes.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Dowd Caught Plagiarizing Lefty Blogger”

  1. BillK says:

    Plagiarism is no big deal – the left’s claimed that again and again.

    From a “What’s the big deal?” AP:

    N.Y. Times’ Dowd Admits Lifting Blogger’s Words

    NEW YORK — New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has admitted to using a paragraph virtually word-for-word from a prominent liberal blogger without attribution.

    Dowd acknowledged the error in an e-mail to The Huffington Post on Sunday, the Web site reported. The Times corrected her column online to give proper credit for the material to Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall…

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,520467,00.html

    Aside from confirming that the MSM takes their marching orders from the leftist wackos at HuffPo, notice that once again it’s all about Iraq and the question of enhanced interrogation techniques fails to acknowledge that little thing that happened “in the runup to the Iraq war” where terrorists flew some planes into some buildings in New York somewhere and caused some damage and wanting to prevent any more such attacks from occurring.

    Perhaps someone should send Ms. Dowd a link to the Times’ own articles on the subject – I think they call it something like “9/11” – surely a Google or LexisNexis search should turn up something.

    Also, I guess this means her columns are also ghostwritten by “her friends” when she repeats their comments (once again unattributed) in her column…

  2. pdsand says:

    heh, she only intended to plagiarize from a friend, she didn’t realize he had already plagiarized from this other poor fellow. You can see where there’s a gray area.

    • JohnMG says:

      But how can you ‘Dowd’ that what she said is the truth? What are you, some kind of ‘Dowding’ Thomas?

    • pdsand says:

      I’m giving her the benefit of the dowd. If the crime here is a theft of intellectual property, then no great crime has occurred.

    • JohnMG says:

      Who gets to determine if the property is, indeed, intellectual? Who gets to define intellectual? Just like the tree that falls in the forest when no one is around, is the theft from one lib-tard by another lib-tard really immoral? And who gets to define morality?

      I’m going to get something strong to drink now. If my head is going to hurt, I prefer it be from an activity of my own choosing.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      She may pretend to have forgotten to mention her mistake ……..but that’s “Dowd” ful.

      Who taught this bimbo to dress, Perez (Hanoi) Hilton?

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    “Originality is undetected plagiarism.” – RB, Sr.

    When caught however, it is a “mistake” only if you’re a liberal. If you’re a conservative, you’re a LLLLIAAR & a drug addict.

    I shoulda smoked more dope growin up, maybe then they’d all be makin’ more sense to me.

  4. proreason says:

    It’s a process error.

    When copying from the frothing-with-anger lefty blogs with the intent of changing a few words to claim the lunacy as her own, she needs a better QA procedure to insure that she doesn’t forget and leave too much intact.

    If she can’t do the clerical work better, her $500,000 salary for “writing” 2 columns a week will be redistributed.

  5. Enthalpy says:

    While on a truth seeking-fact finding trip to Bosnia, Maureen and Hillary came under heavy enemy fire. It would require the “willing suspension of disbelief “to think that both had to evade that enemy fire.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKe2rBbGGEA

    Maureen wasn’t there, but no doubt wished she had been so she could lie about it too.

  6. Petronius says:

    “the mistake was unintentional. [Dowd] claims she … had heard the line from a friend who did not mention reading it in Marshall’s blog.”

    Hmmm. Didn’t Scooter Libby go to prison for a failure of memory that was less egregious than this one?

  7. NotStuckOnStupid says:

    Dowd has the audacity to make fun of others, when she’ll parade around like a tween in that stupid outfit?

    • JohnMG says:

      She is rather Dowd-y looking, isn’t she? It’s ironic she has that last name. Sort of like Mother Durbin’s prescience when it came to giving her Senator son his first name. She really knew wwhat she was doing, huh?

    • 1sttofight says:

      You are correct John, not many people know his middle name is Head.

  8. U NO HOO says:

    Everyone lies about torture, just like sex.

  9. Howard Roark says:

    But how could The Old Gray Lady fall prey to the same fraudelent practices after all of the Jayson Blair mess? Didn’t we hear from their own editorial staff that this won’t happen again? Sure we did–here’s their direct quote:

    COULD misdeeds like Jayson Blair’s happen again at The Times? It’s possible. But the tightening of procedures and the revamping of newsroom culture initiated over the past three years make such an extensive journalistic fraud much less likely to occur again at the paper. ~By BYRON CALAME Published: June 18, 2006 (source: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/18/opinion/18public.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

    In fact, in that same article, the author goes so far to reveal the fact that the NYT wouldn’t let the worry of keeping another plagiaristic minority cloud their journalistic integrity just for fear of not having enough diversity in their organization again:

    (Even if a future rogue reporter should happen to be a member of a minority group, as is Mr. Blair, I don’t think the paper’s need for the staff diversity required for top-quality journalism could be exploited as long as it was three years ago.) [source: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/18/opinion/18public.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1%5D

    Isn’t it fun to see the sanctimonious, self-righteous elite have to backpedal and try to cover their tracks? Alas, until we see a clearinghouse of their types as “news” people, we will have to be satisfied with only this kind of comeuppance.

    • pdsand says:

      I believe this is the point where the Times would pretend there’s a difference between the news and the editorial page.

    • Howard Roark says:

      Plagiarizing–journalistic fraud–is wrong whether it is on the commentary/editorial section, or the front pages.

      And, of course, the kind of excuse-making that you suggest, pdsand, is exactly the form of backpedaling to which I refer.

  10. GL0120 says:

    Cut her a break; she’s probably just gearing up to be Joe Biden’s replacement.


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