[Marxism] NYT Ombudsman on Rick Perlstein "plagiarism" charge

Louis Proyect 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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