Skip to comments.NY Times probes reporter's lifting from other news sources
Posted on 02/15/2010 3:14:51 PM PST by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AFP) The New York Times is conducting an investigation after a Wall Street and finance reporter was found to have improperly used wording and passages from other news organizations.
Zachery Kouwe, who joined the Times in 2008 from the New York Post, "reused language from The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and other sources without attribution or acknowledgement," the Times said in an editors' note.
The Times said Kouwe appeared to have "improperly appropriated wording and passages published by other news organizations" in a number of business articles over the past year and in posts on NYTimes.com's DealBook blog.
According to his biography on the Times website, the New York-based Kouwe worked from 2005 to 2008 at the New York Post, where he was chief mergers and acquisitions reporter.
The Wall Street Journal alerted the Times to similarities between a Journal story and a Times story of February 5, the newspaper said.
"A subsequent search by The Times found other cases of extensive overlap between passages in Mr. Kouwe?s articles and other news organizations,'" the Times said.
"Copying language directly from other news organizations without providing attribution -- even if the facts are independently verified -- is a serious violation of Times policy and basic journalistic standards," the newspaper said.
"It should not have occurred. The matter remains under investigation by The Times, which will take appropriate action consistent with our standards to protect the integrity of our journalism."
According to the Times website, Kouwe covers hedge funds, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, investment banking and other subjects.
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Come on. How hard is it just to reword the copy they steal? They deserve to get fired (or more) for sheer laziness if nothing else.
Nearly seven years ago, New York Times reporter Jayson Blair resigned over what the newspaper at the time called "widespread fabrication and plagiarism."
I guess the Times prefers to avoid the word this time around.
How is that different from the New York Times printing unedited DNC press releases?
Either lift from other reporters or just make crap up?
After all this is the N.Y. Times.
And they don’t give a damn.
Obama is inspiring.
Global warming is real.
Bush didn’t serve in the guard.
The Iraq war is a quagmire.
The economy under Bush was heading toward depression.
The economy under Obama is trending upward.
How on earth can one tell when a reporter from the main stream media is plagarizing? They all say the same thing.
New York Times trying to reform their century old business practices...
If reporters just stated the known facts they would all be nearly identical anyways, why copy?
They just couldn’t afford to pay his salary anymore.
Actually, it is the Walter Duranty school of journalistic ethics.
The Times has been run this way since before nearly everyone at Free Republic was born
Seems like the pressure of journalism just made the young man crack-up....
Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V does not constitute research.