plagiarism

Jeff Gannon Redux:He's BAAACK

Good golly Miss Molly you gotta read this to believe it but JimmyJeff GannonGuckert is on an advisory committee with the National Press Club because they can use all the help they can get. Just when you think it is safe to go back into the woods, Jeff is lurking in the shadows. He refers to the allegations that he was a homosexual male escort aka prostitute as "unsubstantiated rumors"--yeah Jeff and my age is an unsubstantiated rumor too. Wishing makes it so in Jeffyland.

About Gannon, Plagiarism, and the AP

Especially in light of Jeff Gannon's ascension to National Press Club Blogger (hattip to CTMan1), Susie Dow's commentary yesterday about the AP and fair use got me thinking about why calling out the lack of attribution (whether because of sloppiness or intended plagiarism) is important to all of us.

Disclosure. I have a bias here. Some time ago I eagerly opened a newly-arrived edition of a magazine I subscribe to because the cover story was on a subject with which I am very familiar. I had never heard of the writer, so I was intrigued.

I hadn't read but a sentence when I went into a sort of trancelike state of shock. I was reading, word for word, my own writing. The cover article was a straight lift -- only with pictures -- of something I had written many years previously for a small company that sells instructional manuals.