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Real-life Plagiarism!

February 27, 2009

See mom…adults do it too!!

The NY Observer reports that Fortune magazine is issuing an apology in its March issue for passages lifted from a 2004 NYT Magazine article.  It’s kinda wild to read matching paragraphs from the “new” and original articles and realize: yeah, that’s the art of good writing…that this drew carey look-alike seems to lack.

Here is the first of several side-by-side comparisons from the article:


Alekperov’s titanium-and-glass desk is fastidiously neat — he hates disorder — and behind it hangs a frieze of the double-headed eagle, which is Russia’s coat of arms. If a visitor doesn’t yet grasp his message, there is just one photograph on his desk, a black-and-white portrait that shows not his wife or teenage son but President Putin. If, in your mind’s eye, you replace the eagle with a hammer and sickle, and if you imagine a photo of Leonid Brezhnev on the desk, you could be back in the U.S.S.R.


Behind his glass desk is the double-headed eagle, which is Russia’s coat of arms, and photos of Medvedev and Putin. Replace the eagle with a hammer and sickle and substitute a photograph of Nikita Khrushchev, and you could be back in the USSR.

As much he deserves it, I can’t help but call it a shame; he really seemed to be a rising star of sorts, but this will likely follow him throughout his career as a journalist.  I mean he took it from the New York Times of all places.  Who’s gonna notice that, right?  (HatTip: Chew-dog)