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Rick Berke Leaves NY Times for Politico [Updated]

Rick Berke, who has been with The New York Times since 1986, is leaving the paper to join Politico as its executive editor. David Joachim, Washington Weekend editor for the Times, tweeted the news.

Berke was most recently the Times’ assistant managing editor for news. He started at the Times as a night editor in the paper’s Washington bureau. Berke also served as the Times’ national political correspondent for over 10 years. As a reporter, he covered four presidential campaigns.

Prior to joining the Times, Berke was a reporter for The Baltimore Evening Sun from 1981 to 1986.

Update (1:00 pm):
Below is the memo John Harris, Politico’s editor, sent to staffers announcing Berke’s appointment.

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Politico Reporter Fired for Plagiarism

According to our sister site FishbowlDC, Kendra Marr, a transportation reporter for Politico, has been fired for plagiarism. Marr was let go by Politico after a New York Times reporter came to the site’s Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei with evidence of Marr lifting passages from other publications and presenting them as her own.

According to a Politico memo, Marr’s mistakes were in failing to cite sources:

There were instances of language and ideas published in at least seven of her Politico stories that borrowed without attribution from work that had been published previously in other publications. As we say in the editors’ note, we have found no cases of invention of scenes and quotes. Even so, these examples represented a lapse of our standards that we could not defend or tolerate.

FishbowlDC broke this story last night, so for more details please click through.

Former OC Register Writer Caught in Plagiarism Scandal*

Politico staffer Kendra Marr was forced to resign after seven instances of plagiarism were discovered in her recent work. Marr was outed after a New York Times writer alerted Politico editor-in-chief John Harris to similarities between his/her recent transportation story and Marr’s Politico followup. Harris launched an investigation an subsequently discovered six other instances of reporting and phrasing that was lifted from other stories without attribution. There were no manufactured quotes or invented scenes in Marr’s work, but the offenses were serious enough to force her resignation.

Marr is a California native who previously wrote and worked as a copy editor an intern for the Orange County Register and wrote for the San Jose Mercury News.

Betsy Rothstein at our sister site FishbowlDC got a hold of the Politico editorial honchos’ memo to staff, after the jump.

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The Ethics of Reporting on Rep. Weiner’s Wife’s Pregnancy

For those of you have been following every sordid detail about the Anthony Weiner scandal, one major piece might have caught you off guard: how quickly mainstream media outlets like the New York Times reported that Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin was three months pregnant, based on the word of several sources. It’s a huge story, but normally details like that are left to the tabloid trade. Politico’s On Media takes a look at the difficult decision news outlets faced in reporting this story.

The news that Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant had been known and agonized over in newsrooms, including this one, for more than 24 hours before it was reported on Wednesday night… For the New York Times, which broke the story, the decision was not a quick one. The paper published the story a little after 5 p.m. Wednesday night on its City Room blog after Gawker published an item saying it had heard that Abedin was pregnant.

Phil Corbett, the Times’s standards editor, emailed Politico: “We try to be sensitive to privacy concerns, and we weighed that issue here, too. But Weiner’s problems were obviously a big story, and his actions and words had clearly put himself, his private life and his marriage squarely into the news.”

He also made clear that the decision was the Times‘ own. “We don’t take our cues from Gawker on a story like this.”

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Gregg Birnbaum Joins Politico

After a report on Gawker fueled speculation that he left the New York Post following a heated exchange with editor-in-chief Col Allen, Gregg Birnbaum has found a new home as Politico’s senior editor.  Kat Stoeffel writes that Politico’s editor-in-chief John Harris distributed a memo yesterday that lauded Birnbaum’s talents and took a few shots at the Post.  Birnbaum will be based in New York and his work will cover breaking news.  Read on to see the complete version of Harris’s memo below.

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