The latest plagiarism scandal is at the Bakersfield Californian over a story about children's reactions to smoking where a reporter is accused of lifting quotes from elsewhere. As too often happens in these cases, there were warning signs that were ignored or glossed over before the ceiling caved in.
From today's follow-up (reg. req.) to the earlier story on the Nada Behziz flap:
Six months before a Californian reader alerted editors to a stolen quote that ran in a front-page story Sunday -- a story that turned out to contain plagiarized passages and fabricated sources -- a letter from a local doctor indicated another story by the same reporter contained plagiarized information.Executive Editor Mike Jenner is featured on a podcast "Behind the Story," a regular feature of the site but, in this case I think a fairly effective way of humanizing the story and letting readers under the tent.
But the tip, in a 2 1/2-page letter documenting inaccuracies in the article due to technical differences between CT scans and ultrasounds, went unnoticed.