Mr. Kouwe says he has never fabricated a story, nor has
he knowingly plagiarized. “Basically, there was a minor news story and
I thought we needed to have a presence for it on the blog,” he said,
referring to DealBook. “In the essence of speed, I’ll look at various
wire services and throw it into our back-end publishing system, which
is WordPress, and then I’ll go and report it out and make sure all the
facts are correct. It’s not like an investigative piece. It’s usually
something that comes off a press release, an earnings report, it’s
“I’ll go back and rewrite everything,” he continued. “I
was stupid and careless and fucked up and thought it was my own stuff,
or it somehow slipped in there. I think that’s what probably happened.”
In the coming days, inevitably, The Times will look inward to
ask whether the pace of publishing in the blogs can be sustained given
the level of editorial oversight they obviously need.
The level of … FOR FUCK’S SAKE. The level of editorial oversight they need is to have people writing them WHO DON’T COPY AND PASTE WITHOUT CREDIT.
It’s funny that we’re talking about another NYT plagiarist, because I just gotan e-mail inviting me to a conference about whether old-media values can be sustained in a new-media age, and I think the real question is whether old-media values can be sustained in THE OLD MEDIA.
When you are done with TV news ripping their line-up from the local paper without credit, when you are done with radio hosts talking out their asses, when you are done with plagiarizing and making excuses that, as this douche did, you threw it all into WordPress and then re-reported it (oh, my god, that makes it worse, not better, dipshit), then you can come at me and talk about how my job necessitates you rearranging your ethical framework. The hypocrisy burns us.