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In Wake of Self-Plagiarism, ESPN Drops Rick Reilly Column

Rick Reilly will no longer be able to copy Rick Reilly. ESPN has announced that Reilly — who has penned a column for ESPN.com since joining the company in 2008 — “has decided to go part time” and will “concentrate on television duties.” This, of course, is all code for “Reilly won’t stop trying to pass off his old columns as new ones, so we had to cut his writing duties.”

In February, Reilly’s column titled “Don’t act like you’ve been there” featured multiple exact sentences from a column he wrote in 2009, titled “You just won the US Open! Act like it!” The self- plagiarism was so bad we were honestly worried about the guy. It was as if he sat at his desk with both columns open on his computer, and cut and pasted until he had the February piece finished. Actually, that’s probably exactly what he did.

When FishbowlNY aksed ESPN about the similarities between the columns, Josh Krulewitz, ESPN’s VP of communications, told us in February, “We are reviewing the situation with Rick.”

Consider the situation reviewed.

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Berkshire to Buy TV Station From Graham in $1.1 Billion Swap (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reached a deal to acquire a Miami television station and some of the company’s own shares in a $1.1 billion swap for Graham Holdings Co. stock that Warren Buffett held for more than four decades. Deadline New York Buffett’s stake accounted for about 23 percent of the voting shares in Graham as of the last proxy, out early last year. He will receive the ABC affiliate plus an unspecified amount of cash and shares that Graham owns in Berkshire Hathaway. Variety The pact marks a turning point for Berkshire and the Graham Holdings, the publicly held firm that changed its name from the Washington Post Co. after it sold its flagship newspaper to Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos last year. Berkshire had been an investor in Washington Post Co. since the 1970s, with Buffett having served as a board member of the publishing and TV station conglomerate. Poynter / MediaWire Berkshire Hathaway purchased most of Media General’s newspapers in 2012, and it’s added lots of newspapers since. Reuters reported in February that Berkshire Hathaway was in talks with Graham Holdings “to trade the shares it owns in the education and media company for control of a yet-to-be-formed unit of Graham.” Graham Holdings still owns TV stations in Detroit and Houston. NYT / DealBook Buffett has embarked on a late-in-life run as a media mogul of sorts, assembling a prospering portfolio that includes his hometown newspaper, The Omaha World-Herald. The deal will bring Berkshire its first television station, whose call sign refers to Philip L. Graham, Katharine Graham’s husband and her predecessor as the publisher of the Post. Perhaps most notably, however, the deal sharply curtails Buffett’s business ties to the Graham family. TVSpy “Warren Buffett’s 40-year association with our company has been extremely good for our shareholders. Naturally, the deal that we have put together is one that will be good for both companies,” said Donald E. Graham, chairman and CEO of Graham Holdings.

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Rick Reilly Plagiarizes His Own Column [Updated]

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, ESPN’s columnist Rick Reilly loves himself. A lot. As Deadspin points out, Reilly’s latest piece is chock full of self-plagiarism.

Reilly’s new column, “Don’t act like you’ve been there,” is about how he appreciates when athletes celebrate. So is his 2009 column, “You just won the US Open! Act like it!” That’s fine. But the self-plagiarism is so bad that we are actually worried about Reilly’s mental health. If you know the guy, maybe call him?

Here are just a few examples of Reilly’s copy and paste skills.

2009 column:
If I won a U.S. Freaking Open, I’d go absolutely electroshock, three-alarm, bat-guano nuts!

2014 column:
My point is, if I’d just won $1.1 million zops in a PGA Goddang Tour event, forget about my first win in 239 tries, I’d go absolutely electro-shock, three-alarm, bat-guano nuts!

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Another Reason the Media Is Dying

From Rick Reilly‘s column about spending a day with Kobe Bryant:

“Nearly $140 into a cab ride from my place, a security gate opens at the end of a very swank cul de sac to reveal Kobe Bryant, father of two, standing in front of seven vehicles — the Ferrari, the Range Rover, the Escalade, the Bentley Coupe, the two-door plastic Fred Flintstone car, the training-wheels bike and the tricycle smashed into a bush.”

Couldn’t a friend drop Reilly off? Or, at the very least, ESPN could have made him pay for the cab himself. The dude has enough money.

Regret the Error 2008 Round Up

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Regret the Error’s 2008 round up is super juicy this year.

  • Craig Silverman notes the weekly paper in Montgomery, TX – the Bulletin ‘lifting‘ of all their stories.

  • Rick Reilly getting plagiarized by two different sports ‘writers’.

  • The LAT Tupac Shakur debacle.

  • And our favorite typo, stating the name of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel being “One Hundred Years of Solicitude.” Which ends up being a more accurate description of the book.