Posted by: kklist | October 30, 2015

Plagiarism at NPR

Good Morning, Ethics!

Since we cite NPR so frequently as a paragon of ethics, I thought I should share with you this Poynter piece on a music critic’s serial plagiarism. As soon as another editor spotted the problem, NPR ran a full correction, with copied passages highlighted.

Brian Wise, a reporter and editor for member station WQXR, said the copying was “unintentional.” But it’s hard to imagine accidentally coping sentences like these:

It contains an immense finale with a constant horse-gallop rhythm spread over far-flung harmonies. But the turmoil is interrupted by moments of optimism and serenity.





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