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More Posner Plagiarism Uncovered and Suspected Wikipedia Scrubbing

posner-plagiarizes-again.4818105.40.jpgExcuse us while we cringe over our coffee. Ugh. This story is like eating a rotten peanut while watching a lemon and paper cut contest. Gerald Posner, journalist, “writer” of 11 books including one that was a Pulitzer finalist was busted for plagiarism earlier this year by Slate.com’s Jack Shafer. He was fired from the Daily Beast because of the offense.

Now he’s hired a lawyer and is claiming the Miami New Times “interfered” with Posner’s relationship with his publishers.

Anyway, more and more episodes of outright plagiarism are coming to light.

New Times reports:

Now a new review of Posner’s work shows much more. A 48-year-old Wisconsin doctoral student named Greg Gelembiuk has discovered Posner lifted 35 passages in two books: his 2003 take on the 9-11 attacks, Why America Slept, and Secrets of the Kingdom, a 2005 tome about Saudi Arabia.

To make this all worse there is an indication Posner has been trying to delete the scandal from his Wikipedia page. Geez – is there nothing sacred?!

Photo credit Bill Cooke

Previously on FBLA:

  • And There’s Still More Gerald Posner Plagiarism Turning Up
  • Gerald Posner Out at Daily Beast for Plagiarism
  • Chief Investigative Reporter for Daily Beast Suspended for Plagiarism

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    And There’s Still More Gerald Posner Plagiarism Turning Up

    Gerald Posner was canned from his position of Chief Investigative Reporter for the Daily Beast last month for plagiarism. Now new reports of even more instances are coming in.

    New Times Miami reports:

    Back on March 16, Riptide broke the news that South Beach-based author Gerald Posner’s latest book, Miami Babylon, had stolen eight passages from Frank Owen’s 2003 work Clubland.

    New Times and a doctoral student have found more than a dozen new instances of plagiarism in Gerald Posner’s latest book.

    Posner had already resigned as chief investigative reporter at the Daily Beast after Slate’s Jack Shafer busted him for lifting sentences from the Miami Herald, Texas Lawyer and others in his work for Tina Brown’s website.

    After Shafer exposed his Daily Beast thefts, Posner blamed the “warp speed of the Net.” When New Times published his Miami Babylon thievery, he pointed toward a new system of “trailing end-notes.”

    It just makes us cringe and cringe.

    Previously on FBLA:

  • Gerald Posner Out at Daily Beast for Plagiarism
  • Chief Investigative Reporter for Daily Beast Suspended for Plagiarism

  • Leno Punching Bag | Conan’s Justified | Imagining Stern | Posner Resigns

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    Romenesko Gerald Posner leaves The Daily Beast after he admitted to plagiarizing content from The Miami Herald. And <a href="“>some other places.

    Gerald Posner Out at Daily Beast for Plagiarism

    Secrets_Of_The_Kingdom_Inside_the_Saudi_US_Connection_Gerald_Posner_unabridged_mp3_compact_disc.jpgIt was Slate’s Jack Shafer‘s story that brought attention to the chief investigative reporter for Daily Beast Gerald Posner‘s lifting from other sources. See the piece here.

    Look, if you goof up once and end up with a sentence or a phrase identical to someone else, then you should keep your job and your reputation. But if this is the type of thing you do all the time and there are multiple examples of the exact same lifting over and over again…then you should lose your job and the public should know the truth about your work.

    Posner writes on his own website:

    This afternoon I received a call from Edward Felsenthal, the excellent managing editor of The Daily Beast. He informed me that as part of the Beast’s internal investigation, they had uncovered more instances in earlier articles of mine in which there the same problems of apparent plagiarism as the ones originally brought to life last Friday by Shafer. I instantly offered my resignation and Edward accepted.

    What was clear was that the excellent reputation established by The Daily Beast in the last year should not be tarnished by any controversy swirling around me.

    The thing we find…the word…odd? Is that he got caught via the Internet but blames the Internet for his folly too:

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    Gerald Posner Plagiarized Miami Herald

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    Gerald Posner, an investigative journalist and contributor to Tina Brown‘s The Daily Beast (not to mention a frequent guest on MSNBC’s Hardball), has admitted to plagiarizing a juicy celebrity death story straight from the pages of The Miami Herald. Jack Shafer at Slate was the first one to notice the…well…lack of discrepancy. Here’s Posner’s article on Fontainebleau heir Ben Novak and his suspicious death for The Daily Beast on February 4th:

    There is little doubt the Novacks had a volatile relationship. In 2002, 11 years into their marriage, Narcy and two others tied Ben Jr. to a chair, threatened to kill him and took money from his safe, according to the police report filed at the time.

    “If I can’t have you, no one else will,” she told him, according to a divorce petition Ben Jr. filed and then dropped.

    Narcy told police investigators at the time that the entire episode was part of a sex game. And she also showed them porno snapshots of women with artificial limbs having sex, claiming her husband had a fetish for them.

    And here is the Herald article, written by Julie Brown only two days before:

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    Chief Investigative Reporter for Daily Beast Suspended for Plagiarism

    105870_preview-gerald-posner-on-michael-jackson-autopsy-photo.jpgThis got caught in a classic Friday news dump because we missed the first article by Jack Shafer at Slate.com interviewing chief investigative reporter for Daily Beast Gerald Posner about lifting sentences from the Miami Herald. Read the piece here. In that article it was reported that Posner will continue to write for the Daily Beast.

    But then Slate readers caught more instances of copying without attribution from Texas Lawyer, cementing that Slate readers are all nerds. Look at the examples of the plagiarism here.

    And today Shafer posted this note from editor Edward Felsenthal:

    Asked for a comment about the new findings, the Daily Beast’s Felsenthal e-mailed this statement: “We obviously take what’s happened very seriously. We will be suspending Gerald Posner while we review his articles, to return if we are satisfied that he has taken the necessary steps to avoid this in the future.”

    Shafer also got a statement from Posner himself:

    I now realize that a method of compiling information that I have used successfully since 1984 on book research, obviously does not work in a failsafe manner at the warp speed of the net.

    Read: Jeepers! Foiled by Google AGAIN!

    As of this posting his page at The Daily Beast is mum.

    Newsweek Feeds The Beast

    DailyBeast821.jpgA week after beefing up staff on the West Coast, The Daily Beast adds to its New York team. The site poached Newsweek deputy editor Tom Watson to serve in the same capacity on the Beast staff. Watson, an eight-year vet of the newsweekly, joked to WWD, “I hear the future of journalism might be moving in this direction.” Watson and Daily Beast founder Tina Brown go way back to the Talk days, as do recent recruits Gerald Posner and Gabe Doppelt.

    Related: The Daily Beast Claims Another One (FBLA)