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Attorney Doubles Down on WaPo’s Wemple

A prominent D.C. attorney, Timothy Naegele, is redoubling his stance against WaPo media opinion writer Erik Wemple for his stories on the recent allegations of plagiarism against TWT columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave. As a result of examples that have recently surfaced, De Borchgrave is taking some time off. Wemple reported today that several of De Borchgrave’s recent columns have been taken offline as part of an investigation. TWT‘s Editor Ed Kelley did not respond to Wemple’s request for comment and has failed to respond to reporters’ questions throughout this ordeal. He has only remarked on it — get this — through a story published on the newspaper’s website that said De Borchgrave handled the situation “appropriately” — nice, objective reporting there, right?

Meanwhile, the lawyer and obvious President of De Borchgrave’s fan club, is still outraged. “It seems there are two ‘villains,’ the talentless Wemple, and the Times—which may not have a lot of spine,” he wrote FishbowlDC. “At least the Post protects their own.  The Times should too.”

On WaPo‘s website, Naegele threatened to keep a watchful eye on Wemple until he screws up and the the Post fires him. On TWT‘s site he wrote the following:

“Arnaud de Borchgrave is brilliant, and he is the reason why I read the Washington Times, and no other reason. He is correct: ““Everybody makes mistakes, and I take responsibility for mine. I will redouble my efforts to attribute with precision.” The Washington Times would be foolish not to accept this mea culpa, and have him back writing his wonderful columns as soon as humanly possible. Until then, I for one will be reading the Times far less.”

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Attorney Plots to Get WaPo’s Wemple Fired

WaPo media opinion writer Erik Wemple is on the receiving end of threats today after writing about the purported plagiarism of TWT and UPI Columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave (pictured here). He reported today that the columnist has taken a leave of absence. With heated stories comes heated emotions. And nasty threats like these from a prominent Washington Attorney issued in the comment section of Wemple’s De Borchgrave story today. FishbowlDC has confirmed through Timothy Naegele (pictured below) that he wrote the commentary. “The comments speak for themselves,” Naegele told FishbowlDC. “If you bothered to read other comments about Arnaud de Borchgrave, and the attacks on him, you would realize that other people feel exactly as I do.” Oh, we bothered to read the other comments, Naegele. Touchy, touchy.

by Timothy D. Naegele
9:07 AM EDT
It bears repeating, Wemple, that you are a hack writer and nothing more. It is what you will always be.

Arnaud de Borchgrave is brilliant, and he has done more in his lifetime than you would ever do if you had 20 lifetimes on the face of this earth. However, you must be salivating about what has happened to de Borchgrave.

Lots of us will be following your every word from now on, to trip you up. And yes, rest assured, we will call for your swift ouster from the Post when you make any mistakes, which you surely will.

Hopefully we can say “good riddance” to you, very soon.

Another reader doubted the attorney’s comments were really from him, saying, “I think this post must be from a troll masquerading as Naegele. There is no way that an experienced attorney would publicly post something like this.” (Well, there is and he did.) We also reached out to Wemple for comment, asking if threats make him nervous, if he wishes he had half the life of De Borchgrave or, for that matter, his sexy name? Erik de Borchgrave or Arnaud Wemple both have a nice ring, don’t they?

Wempled replied to FishbowlDC: “Whenever I see stuff where people are taking aim at me, yes, it’s a little jarring at first. But what he’s proposing to do here is to become a very loyal reader, which I appreciate. As for the scrutiny, well, that already applies to me, and you, and the rest of us in this line of work. Wemple continued, “I cannot dispute the commenter’s claim that I haven’t done a fraction of the things that de Borchgrave has done on the face of this earth. He’s had a long career. To your question as to whether I wish I had, no: I’ve been very happy. For years and years, I have enjoyed seeing his name. It’s much cooler than mine.”

A third commenter takes Wemple to task for a different reason — his caricature. We’re going to practice Wemple’s pointed eyebrow raise in the mirror later today. Read what that person has to say after the jump… Read more

Plagiarism as a Parlor Game?

Yesterday afternoon WaPo Opinion Media writer Erik Wemple reported on TWT and UPI Columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave‘s questionable attribution habits. In other words, he doesn’t attribute necessarily, he gathers bits and pieces from the vast number of news sources he reads daily.

The best part of the story are the excuses de Borchgrave offers Wemple. Our favorite: “As I recall, it came from my Pakistani associate Ammar Turabi and from the Pakistani English-language papers I read daily. I assume the AP, which I seldom read online, picked it up originally from Pakistani news sources.” The AP disputes this, saying the interview was given directly to the AP, not other sources of which de Borchgrave speaks.

This whole thing could wind up being a fun parlor game to play with friends. For example, read this TWT story from April and Google the last graph. “It would take a military jet flying at the speed of sound, reeling out a roll of dollar bills behind it, 14 years before it reeled out one trillion dollar bills.” Results of the exact same sentence show up on a variety of sites two years earlier. That must have been an easy cut and paste for de Borchgrave.

So far, TWT Editor Ed Kelley isn’t talking. Speaking of Kelley, another great line from de Borchgrave: “I don’t have an editor.”

Wes Pruden’s Replacement?

The short list of candidates, from what we hear:

Veteran journalist and author John O’Sullivan
UPI’s Martin Walker
National Review’s Kate O’Beirne

No word on whether the candidates are interested in the job or not. The search committee is headed by Times editor at large Arnaud De Borchgrave.