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Friday, June 09, 2006

Intimate Knowledge of the Subject Matter

Before writing about a topic, some reporters like to experience it themselves:

Boston Herald Rips Off E&P..., Huffington Post, by Rachel Sklar: In a bizarre irony, ... The Boston Herald plagiarized Editor & Publish:er's article about Seth Mnookin's Vanity Fair article about...plagiarism. Except for the first paragraph, today's Boston Herald "'Code' blue: Vanity Fair calls Brown copycat cowboy" is almost identical to E&P's "Upcoming 'Vanity Fair' Article Raises New Issues About 'DaVinci Code' Author,"...

E&P:

Mnookin also cites an incident in which Brown copied for "The DaVinci Code" an exact passage from the paper "Leonardo's Lost Robot," written by robotics expert Mark Rosheim. Brown's publisher, Doubleday, said it was covered under fair-use. Rosheim says, "Every now and then I'll be giving a talk and someone will come in with The Da Vinci Code and ask me to sign a copy. Either that or they'll accuse me of copying him."

Boston Herald:

Mnookin also cites a passage in "The Da Vinci Code" that is exactly the same as a passage from the paper "Leonardo's Lost Robot," written by robotics expert Mark Rosheim. Brown's publisher, Doubleday, said it was covered under fair use. "Every now and then I'll be giving a talk and someone will come in with 'The Da Vinci Code' and ask me to sign a copy," Rosheim said. "Either that or they'll accuse me of copying him."

...When called for comment, "Inside Track" co-editor Gayle Fee admitted the error, saying she "rewrote the E&P piece on deadline" and "should have credited them." ... Update 2:51 pm: The Boston Herald has taken the story off its website.

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