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Washington Post Writer Resigns Amid Plagiarism Claim

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by YankeeFan, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    What was she thinking:

    And, why let her "resign" instead of firing her:

  2. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Another example of the perils of the newspaper concept of hiring a mess of people to do work on the Web site on the theory some will prove to be popular or at least competent.
    Blogs don't count is the theory. Except it's wrong.
  3. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Well, this really is where newspapers get fucked.

    If they try to compete with the Huffington Post, TMZ, or a million other blogs, they risk putting out content that is not properly edited, and they can tarnish their brand.

    But, they blew it years ago.

    They gave away the material for free. But, they also kept it all together in one place. Someone else mentioned it on another thread, but newspapers have always been "generalists". All the news is delivered in one place.

    The web is a bunch of "specialists".

    But, you don't have to deliver it all together on the web. Newspapers could have started sited dedicated to sports, entertainment, politics, gossip.

    They were ahead of everyone. They could have developed sites, under their own banners, like Politico, or the Huffington Post, or TMZ.
  4. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    Her profile on washingtonpost.com says:
    "Elizabeth Flock writes for BlogPost, which follows the conversations taking place on the web. Previously, she was a features writer for Forbes Magazine in Mumbai."

    That is a pretty big difference from one role to the next. How that plays into things isn't my place to say, but I'm guessing it did.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    That Forbes thing sounds like bullshit -- like she was living there and freelanced a piece or two and then trumped it up to give the impression she was a big-timer. She certainly wouldn't have any ethical qualms about misleading the world.
  6. clutchcargo

    clutchcargo Active Member

    Elizabeth Flock??? Is she related to Rush Limbaugh's so-called "slut"? Oh, I'm sorry, I meant to say "unapologetically promiscuous woman".
  7. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Why not spare us your dull-witted politics? Thanks.
  8. goalmouth

    goalmouth Well-Known Member

    She's not a WaPo writer, she's just a blogger. Huge difference.
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