That wonderful fact checking at News Corp (the same quality checking that saw me named by News Corp as having hacked the site of the Australian Prime minister) has struck again, and this time it’s at the Wall Street Journal.
The WSJ has been forced to pull a column on the basis that it has discovered nearly one month after it was published that not only was the content plagiarized, it also contained made up names for quotes, ala the Jayson Blair scandal at the New York Times.
The Journal writes
A Nov. 10 “New Global Indian” online column by New York City freelance writer Mona Sarika has been found to contain information that was plagiarized from several publications, including the Washington Post, Little India, India Today and San Francisco magazine. In the column, “Homeward Bound,” about H-1B visa holders returning to India, Ms. Sarika also re-used direct quotes from other publications, without attribution, and changed the original speakers’ names to individuals who appear to be fabricated. The column is the only work by Ms. Sarika to be published by the Journal, and it has been removed from the Journal’s Web sites.
Mistakes do happen to the best of publications, but it’s more than a little rich for News Corp to constantly suggest that their editorial and checking procedures are beyond reproach when even their most esteemed publication gets it wrong on occasion.
10 points to the first person to bring this up against News Corp employees when they play the “we’re perfect” card at a future of media type conference.