1. Facebook User

    It would have been nice (not to mention professional) had someone contacted me first. Even if I may be in the wrong, I should have the chance to defend and/or apologize.

  2. Leor Galil

    My writing for True/Slant has no affiliation with Medill or anyone else: I do not speak for anyone except for me.

    I apologize if my actions appear unprofessional, and you are right, you do deserve a chance to defend yourself and/or apologize. Please email me at:

    leorgalil (at) gmail (dot) com

    Perhaps I’m merely misinformed by the blogosphere in general, but usually when these types of events crop up, a blogger out there usually presents their case. I felt that I was in the right as a blogger with this kind of access to put the issue up front, and I’m sorry if I mishandled the situation. Please do email me though, I would like to hear from you.

  3. chrissss

    I teach writing, and this sounds exactly like a typical student response: Sorry, didn’t even realize I was plagiarizing, I had the source in my bibliography see?, here let me fix it, won’t do it again. My response: it’s still an F.

  4. Hey Matt–

    I’m sure by now you’ve spoken with your managing editor about this story.

    You danced around it in half-apologies, but I am not one to mince words. You committed plagiarism.

    Frankly, your response to Leor’s post, and calling him unprofessional, skirts the issue. I understand that you’re a freelancer. But the rationale for why your story egregiously stole my words is unacceptable.

    You barely did more than change a few phrases from my story. To make matters worse, you used quotes I got directly from sources and gave me no credit for doing the reporting. That’s the definition of plagiarism.

    If in fact you have written hundreds of articles, then you of all people should know what constitutes plagiarism. And rather than owning up to it, you pass the buck. By saying “if it comes across that I ‘stole’ something, I apologize. That was never my objective,” you make it seem as if the plagiarism here is open to interpretation. It isn’t. The words, ideas and reporting here are mine. It need not “come across” as if you stole my work. You simply did it and have not owned up to your offense.

    I’m not one to wish ill-will, but you deserve to lose your job at NBC, no matter how lowly it is. I would be expelled from school if I pulled bush-league antics like this. No questions asked.

    And just so you know, you ripped off a story I got a B on.

  5. Some dictionary entries from Merriam-Webster:

    Pla·gia·rize (verb)
    transitive verb
    : to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own : use (another’s production) without crediting the source
    intransitive verb
    : to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

    1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
    2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness
    3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

    synonyms see honesty

    Honesty (noun)
    2 a : fairness and straightforwardness of conduct b : adherence to the facts : sincerity

    synonyms honesty, honor, integrity, probity mean uprightness of character or action. honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal, or deceive in any way. honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standards of one’s profession, calling, or position. integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge. probity implies tried and proven honesty or integrity.

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