MSM metaphysics

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.