August 11, 2005

I WAS LYING THERE ON THE GRASSY KNOLL AND IT JUST POPPED INTO MY HEAD, FULLY-WRITTEN:

On Sullivan and Blumenthal (CJR Daily, 8/11/05)

Eight months ago, in its December 2004 issue, the Washington Monthly printed a lengthy profile of Bob Novak by Amy Sullivan. This morning, Salon printed a lengthy profile of Bob Novak by Sidney Blumenthal. There were some striking similarities between the two.

The Salon piece does include a link to the Washington Monthly piece, and Blumenthal attributes one quote to Sullivan's work. The attribution and link were not included in the original piece, but were added sometime after. Contacted for comment, Blumenthal said, "they're different pieces.


Only barely.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2005 5:54 PM
Comments

Rather interesting, no?

Sidney Blumenthal is a punk. But journalists don't like plaigarists (at least, most of them don't).

Although Sid might enjoy being compared to Larry Tribe.

Posted by: ratbert at August 11, 2005 10:51 PM

If two people wrote a "lengthy profile" about me, they'd probably end up much the same.

Posted by: Randall Voth at August 12, 2005 6:11 AM

I can't imagine journalists - or writers of any stripe - liking a plagiarizer. The plagiarist is a thief, plundering the most important thing the writer has - his or her words. No, I can't imagine that is liked - and I can't imagine a finer fellow than Sid Blumenthal getting accused of it.

Posted by: Mikey at August 12, 2005 8:40 AM

Blumenthal is a hack. What else is new?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 12, 2005 12:09 PM
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