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Utah Columnist Apologizes to New York Times Contributor

Following up some earlier reporting on the matter, Sydney Smith circles back today at imediaethics.org with Deseret News columnist Richard Eyre about the lack of full and proper attribution in a July 31 column. The article is no longer online.

Eyre, who shares his column byline with wife Linda, confirmed that their articles often consist largely of citations from other sources, along with their noted agreement. He explains how he came to “hurriedly and stupidly” fudge the full credit to author and NYT op-ed page contributor Adam Grant and shares an apology email he sent. It reads, in part:

While we began and ended the column by crediting you, Mr. Grant, in my haste to file the story, I neglected in the middle part of the column to provide the full and proper attribution and quotation marks as we normally do.

Fair enough. Eyre tells Smith he will be more careful in future when working that close to deadline.

Update (September 5):
After a complete review of the Eyres’ columns, Deseret News found four more instances of incomplete attribution. As a result, they have put the feature on pause for a month.

[Photo courtesy deseretnews.com]

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