[Marxism] NYT Ombudsman on Rick Perlstein "plagiarism" charge
lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 12 09:26:38 MDT 2014
My take: There’s a problem here. An article about polarized reaction to
a high-profile book is, of course, fair game. But the attention given to
the plagiarism accusation is not.
Yes, the claim was “out there” but so are smears of all kinds as well as
claims that the earth is flat and that climate change is unfounded. This
one comes from the author of a book on the same subject with an opposing
political orientation. By taking it seriously, The Times conferred a
legitimacy on the accusation it would not otherwise have had.
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