October 15th, 2012

Guardian Hack Grovels for Lifting Reuters Story

Mea culpas all round at Guardian towers this weekend. The paper has had to apologise after coincidence-happy tech hack Charles Arthur was accused of plagiarising a Reuters story. Again.

Arthur’s report on a Cisco telecoms deal looked remarkably similar to Steve Stecklow’s Reuters exclusive from a day earlier. When accused of lifting the story by an American journalism school Arthur went on the defensive, insisting that he had second-sourced the original story.  That didn’t satisfy his boss.

Guardian comms chief Richard Lindsay said in a statement that Arthur’s name only appeared in the byline in error, again, and that it had now been corrected to “staff and agencies”. The paper admits that “the original byline did not reflect that the article was substantially based on a Reuters story”, and has issued a grovelling apology to Reuters. This is becoming a regular occurrence…

Via Staff and The Baron.

16 Comments

  1. 1
    David Rose says:

    He ought to be ashamed of himself.

  2. 2
    Andrew Mitchell says:

    T#at.

    I made a hash out of that.

  3. 3
    Religion: The Original Sin says:

    {Drudge is Worth Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars | Henry Blodget}

    Guido links to Matt, but it’s not reciprocated.

  4. 4
  5. 5
    Religion: The Original Sin says:

    Colon

  6. 6
    Gayer says:

    Plagiarist fool. Get some new staff….

    Shit paper. Gits.

  7. 7
    Sir Cirspin Slapentickell says:

    Ha, he’s exposed as a cheating cribber, a stealer of words.

    Another Guardian hack caught double-dealing too. A shower!

  8. 8
    Johann Hari says:

    You wouldn’t catch me doing that, ask my friend, David Rose.

  9. 9
    David Rose says:

    That’s very true Johann, we’re quite independent of each other.

  10. 10

    Sadly, it’s becoming abundantly clear to me that honest, though stupid, mistakes account for a lot of what we tend to assume must be devious acts…

  11. 11
    Fnuc says:

    Rectum.

  12. 12
    jgm2 says:

    It’s not just the Grauniad that has shit, worthless reporters. In fact, in fairness to the Grauniad, given that it is an overtly partisan bedwetter newspaper it does great work exposing lies, crooked dealing and suchlike by the T*ries.

    The problem I have is with the other newspapers and the BBC – that no fucker seemed interested in going after Labour in quite the same way during the imbecility. The only journalists worthy of the name seem to work for Private Eye. The rest of ‘em seem only interested in publishing ‘pap’ shots of slebs. Presumably because that’s all that interest the buying public.

    Brown fucking the UK economy? Naaaah, not interested mate, BBC says it’s all the banks’ fault, have you seen this picture of Vicky, aged 22 from Lichfield?

    Sadly, as a nation, we get the newspapers and politicians we deserve.

  13. 13

    +1 – “SIr” Ian Hislop? I think we should be told (cont.p. 94…)

  14. 14
    Johann Hari says:

    “There were Mea culpas all round at Guardian towers this weekend Hari,” he said, looking me straight in the eye.

    “The paper has had to apologise after coincidence-happy tech hack Charles Arthur was accused of plagiarising a Reuters story”.

    I smiled wryly. Getting scoops like this was why I entered Journalism, and my success was hard won.

  15. 15

    Ah, ‘Heinlein’s Razor’… so there’s a name for it…

  16. 16
    Jayson Blair says:

    Who did he think he was?


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