June 26th, 2012

Coincidence: Guardian Story Resembles Tech Site Story

Guido thought Charles Arthur’s Guardian piece on the Natwest meltdown yesterday looked familiar. The article bears a suspiciously close resemblance to a post published three hours earlier on tech website The Register. Arthur’s story claimed that a Guardian investigation had uncovered details of a key software component going wrong at the bank.  They say “investigative journalism”, Guido says reading it on the Internet…

The two articles even bear striking similarities in terms of structure, with the Arthur piece following The Register‘s story almost line by line. Lazy.

UPDATE: Former staff explain the decline in the Guardian Technology section:


9 Comments

  1. 1
    Leftwatch says:

    No wonder they are losing money…

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  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    The Register often post things from the Guardian computing – perhaps they gave them the info?

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    • 5
      Steve Miliband says:

      Would have read; Due to Tory cutbacks, phone hacking by News International, Lord Ashcroft, Lady Thatcher and Out of touch toffs, the Nat West computer failed. It had nothing to do with outsourcing.

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        BBC says:

        Due to Tory cutbacks binary has had its 1 funding revoked. A Tory baby eating spokesman confirmed that the 0 would remain for the foreseeable future.

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  3. 3
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, they’ve been flushed out for copying and pasting a story.

    The Guardian are on the run now. Exposed for sloppy journalism today and tomorrow I fear the creditors will be banging on the door.

    Such poor standards will only hasten the demise of this once important newspaper. They use to have a copy in the lobby of my office but we’ve got rid of it.

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  4. 4
    Johann Hari says:

    Excellent journalism.

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  5. 6
    Professor says:

    Not very different to Eastenders stealing Corrie plots!
    http://tv.uk.msn.com/features/eastenders-ian-beale-to-end-up-homeless

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  6. 7
    Brian Leviathan DCM QC CDM says:

    Shouldn’t hacking web sites be illegal?

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  7. 9
    LabourNutter says:

    Hmm, I read both articles and it seems to me that They even bear striking similarities in terms of structure, with the Arthur piece following The Register‘s story almost line by line. This is lazy.

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