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Friday, October 15, 2004

Plagiarism and Porn

I'm back on my old turf of Jacksonville again this weekend, writing about voting problems here (surprise), and came upon these stories in the local alternative weekly paper. (There are links at the bottom to the sidebars, which are worth reading.)

Basically, the long-time Editorial Editor at the Florida Times-Union, my old paper, has been stealing much of his writing. That's THE cardinal sin in newspapering.

He was also downloading a whole bunch on Internet porn - I love that angle, because he's an ULTRA-right wing religious conservative. He wrote an editorial while I was there, arguing against affirmative action because slavery was only "a brief period" in American history. I was part of a group of reporters who wrote a petition to have it retracted, but they never did.

I fought personally with this guy, Lloyd Brown, a number of times. We went 'round and 'round on his frequent factual errors - we was always an unprofessional, cowardly jerk. There is MUCH schadenfreude in my heart today.

The kicker is that, according to my old friends at the paper, the publisher was made aware of the plagiarism years ago and has done nothing to stop it. Even after it was exposed this week, he's evidently not been suspended or anything.

Of course, it would be unethical for me to write a story for my current paper about it - there's no way I could be unbiased against this human turd. But it was perfectly legitimate for me to tell a few of our editors about it and suggest they assign another reporter. I'd love to see this story told all over the country.

Here's to you, Lloyd. Karma's a bitch.

1 Comments:

  • That's disgusting. After all the plagiarism at the 'big' papers (Jason Blake? Brown? Whatever his name is), you'd think this would be a huge deal. It should be a huge deal. My dad was a newspaperman all his life and woulda never stood for this shit.

    By Blogger Kate the Peon, at 9:27 PM  

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