The New York Times says it is “looking into” accusations that a recent article on the painter Piero di Cosimo lifted most of its first paragraph straight from Wikipedia. The similarities, in a piece by reporter Carol Vogel, were first pointed out by MediaBistro’s FishbowlNY, and are of particular media interest following the firing of BuzzFeed’s viral politics editor Benny Johnson for similar offenses (albeit at least 41 of them), which included plagiarism not only from Wikipedia but even flimsier sources like About.com and internet cesspool Yahoo! Answers. But with journalism living increasingly online, where prominent attribution via links is a vital part of the lexicon, and aggregation widely accepted so long as proper credit is given, the source of the words is irrelevant. … [Read more...] about Plagiarizing Wikipedia Is Still Plagiarism, at BuzzFeed or the New York
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The New York Times reported Thursday that Twitter “added information to refute the inaccuracies” in a tweet Trump sent that “falsely claimed” mail-in ballots would cause the election to be rigged. While the Gray Lady reported that Trump’s tweet was inaccurate, history shows that the paper didn’t always feel that way. … [Read more...] about Marc Thiessen points out New York Times hypocrisy on mail-in ballots
Last week, the New York Times revealed that 420,000 people fled the city in the first two months of the crisis, with richer neighborhoods emptying the most. The New York Post reported that bookings to the city’s largest moving company were up 11 percent in March. That is a traditionally slow period for moves, implying that people were bolting away from the pandemic’s epicenter. … [Read more...] about Not Everyone Is Fleeing New York City. These People Can’t Wait to Move In.
On Sunday morning, the New York Post published a very Post-y cover story about the recent resignation of NYPD chief of department Philip Banks III and Chirlane McCray’s supposed reaction to it. According to the Post, “sources” said that a “furious” McCray yelled, “I told you we can’t trust [Bill Bratton]!” upon learning that Banks had quit after disagreeing with the NYPD chief over the conditions of a planned promotion. The conservative tabloid also claimed that Banks “was [McCray]’s choice” for police commissioner, a job she “never wanted to see” Bratton do. (Bratton was, of course, appointed by McCray’s husband, Mayor de Blasio.) On Sunday afternoon, de Blasio and Bratton held a press conference to show that they were getting along and to deny the Post’s claims. On her blog, McCray did the same, while also issuing some general criticism of New York City’s press corps. … [Read more...] about Mayor de Blasio and Chirlane McCray Aren’t Happy With the New York
The governor’s executive orders leave it up to his administration to decide when a region has met the state’s standards for lifting restrictions. The rules guiding exactly when counties can move from one reopening phase to another have been less clear, though the state set the minimum amount of time between phases at two weeks, saying that gap was needed to let officials monitor infection rates. … [Read more...] about Questions on reopening New York’s economy baffle businesses