MSM metaphysics

posted at 9:55 am on September 26, 2007 by Bryan

Question 1. Can a columnist for the “paper of record” plagiarize himself?

Question 2. If a disgraced magazine’s fact-checker’s head rolls in a forest, and no one announces it, does it make a sound?

Update (AP): The answer to question 1 is, he can if he’s Bob Herbert. Nancy Kruh of the Dallas Morning News wrote the definitive expose of Herbert’s embarrassing one-note punditry last year. Evan Coyne Maloney was so inspired by it that he created the Herbert-o-matic column generator widget.

This isn’t the first time Herbert’s recycled discrete columns of his, either.

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No, of course not b/c each “paper of record” event is really just a long, rich narrative of fair reporting; repeating oneself virtually word-for-word is not plagiarism, but simply a sign that the op-ed board feels that the public hasn’t absorbed the offical narrative yet. Surely, they don’t have to follow the same rules as us non-professionals.

Probably a large sucking sound, indicative of what is to come (once more) from TNR.

Wineaholic on September 26, 2007 at 10:05 AM

Question #3: Since when does “I believe in states’ rights.” mean “Bigots, I am with you.”????

Jay on September 26, 2007 at 10:11 AM

ha most likely happens all the time, i quit reading the paper years ago.

trailortrash on September 26, 2007 at 10:16 AM

Looks like Missouri is challenging (Little Rock) Arkansas as America’s breeding ground for the ethically challenged.

saint kansas on September 26, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Aww come on it’s satire.

KelliD on September 26, 2007 at 10:21 AM

Brilliant KelliD, writers claiming “it was satire” has become the journalistic equivalent of actors and politicians checking into detox every time they blurt out something really bigoted or stupid.

The level of laziness on the part of what must be some of the highest paid reporters and columnists in the business is unbelievable. Is the NYT having trouble finding younger, more alert socialist hacks?

doufree on September 26, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Bob Herbert: All the news that’s fit to reprint.

I always knew the guy was a hack. Just didn’t erealize he was a lazy hack.

Pinch: Bob, you’re no longer concealed behind the Select wall. People can actually read your drivel now.

Bob: Did oppressive, capitalist whitey make you do that?

JammieWearingFool on September 26, 2007 at 10:53 AM

I think this technology is owned by MoveOn.org, who loans it out regularly to MSM and Democratic speechwriters.

landlines on September 26, 2007 at 11:02 AM

That widget is fascinating! I spent a good 30 minutes reading all those articles. Someone should hire Bob Herbert to write creative headlines…oh, wait…

RushBaby on September 26, 2007 at 11:05 AM

I want to be first in line to use the Herbert-o-matic column generator widget for a HotAir assignment.
Where can I sign up, AP?

Mcguyver on September 26, 2007 at 11:26 AM

Update (AP): The answer to question 1 is, he can if he’s Bob Herbert. Nancy Kruh of the Dallas Morning News wrote the definitive expose of Herbert’s embarrassing one-note punditry last year. Evan Coyne Maloney was so inspired by it that he created the Herbert-o-matic column generator widget.

LOL! That was great.

PRCalDude on September 26, 2007 at 12:03 PM

So (per the link for Question #2) Beauchamp’s wife allegedly no longer works at TNR? Very interesting. I wonder if STB will dump her since she’s no longer any use to him in getting the media access that he wants. Or will she dump him for being a lying sack of crap and getting her fired?

ReubenJCogburn on September 26, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention that I like the way Hot Coil Burner=MSM Metaphysics.

ReubenJCogburn on September 26, 2007 at 12:35 PM

Herbert’s screeds prove that Times Select was a defense mechanism.

Slublog on September 26, 2007 at 1:35 PM

So (per the link for Question #2) Beauchamp’s wife allegedly no longer works at TNR? Very interesting. I wonder if STB will dump her since she’s no longer any use to him in getting the media access that he wants. Or will she dump him for being a lying sack of crap and getting her fired?

ReubenJCogburn on September 26, 2007 at 12:30 PM

Probably the former. If you read PJM’s piece on the whole thing, Beauchamp had been engaged to 5 different women in the past. What’s one more?

PRCalDude on September 26, 2007 at 2:03 PM

What university school of journalism did they hatch from?

Kini on September 26, 2007 at 2:33 PM

Question 2. If a disgraced magazine’s fact-checker’s head rolls in a forest, and no one announces it, does it make a sound?

You’re assuming there is a fact checker at the times.

Speakup on September 26, 2007 at 2:49 PM

I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion her head rolled. She may have seen that her position was going nowhere now, though I’ll allow that this might have been alluded to in a progress review. But if it was a headrolling event, she may find her voice sooner.

[ReubenJCogburn on September 26, 2007 at 12:30 PM]

Maybe they’ll write a book together.

Dusty on September 26, 2007 at 3:06 PM

The “Paper of Record” is soon going to be the bankrupt “Paper of Record” if they keep this up.

SoulGlo on September 26, 2007 at 7:48 PM

Question 1. Can a columnist for the “paper of record” plagiarize himself? No. the only “paper of record” is that paper used in the morning to prove I have had my fiber for the day.

Question 2. If a disgraced magazine’s fact-checker’s head rolls in a forest, and no one announces it, does it make a sound? No. because most magazine ‘fact-checkers’ could not find the forest for the trees.

MSGTAS on September 27, 2007 at 9:50 AM