Skip to comments.British columnist accused of recycling quotes (it's just "normal practice")
Posted on 06/29/2011 6:21:14 AM PDT by markomalley
A prominent British newspaper columnist was at the center of an ethics row and a Twitter storm Tuesday after he acknowledged passing off secondhand quotes in interviews.
Johann Hari, a columnist with The Independent newspaper, admitted presenting quotes from authors' written works as if they were said to him during interviews.
Hari said in a blog posting he used such quotes when people had expressed the same sentiment during an interview, but had "said it more clearly in writing than in speech." In some cases he added descriptions of the setting in which the words were allegedly said to him.
Hari claimed he had spoken to other interviewers who said the behavior was "normal practice."
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Sounds like Jayson Blair, redux.
at least the alleged quotes appear to actually have been said, more or less, by the named person.
My view is that unattributed or attributed to unknown person quotes in the print media are usually if not always simply fabricated from whole cloth, person and all.
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