New York Times Issues Response to Wikipedia Plagiarism Charge

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In an editor’s note, the newspaper said that writer Carol Vogel “improperly used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution”

The New York Times issued a response Wednesday to claims that one of its writers, Carol Vogel, had plagiarized a passage from Wikipedia. In a note from an editor at the newspaper, it was determined that the opening paragraph in one of her articles “improperly used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution.”

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The article was on Italian Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo, and it listed specific details about the artist using similar language, and in the same order as the Wikipedia entry for him.

A spokeswoman for the New York Times said that the paper is not aware of any other such problems, and that “editors have dealt with Vogel on the issue,” though she declined to give any specific details.

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This plagiarism charge comes on the heels of two plagiarism-related firings. Last week, BuzzFeed fired its viral politics editor, Benny Johnson, after 41 instances of plagiarism were uncovered, while CNN fired news editor Marie-Louise Gumuchian after at least 50 instances of plagiarism were discovered in May.