Monday, May 18, 2009

No mojo for MoDo

There are people who love Maureen Dowd's column in the Times. I'm not a huge fan, myself, but she does have the occasional good insight.

I am a huge fan of Josh Marshall, so I do get annoyed when people, especially bigfoot journalists, steal his work and don't give him credit, like MoDo did Sunday.

After she got called on it she admitted it. At least, she admitted that the words in her column had apparently come from somewhere else. Really, what choice did she have? You judge for yourself.

Josh wrote:

"More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when we were looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq."

Maureen wrote:

"More and more the timeline is raising the question of why, if the torture was to prevent terrorist attacks, it seemed to happen mainly during the period when the Bush crowd was looking for what was essentially political information to justify the invasion of Iraq."

I'll save you the trouble of counting. It's forty-five words, and the only change is from "we were" to "the Bush crowd was". Dowd's explanation is that she got the line from a friend and reproduced it in her column. Even if you grant that as a professional writer she may have a slightly greater sensitivity to, and recollection of words, than most people, do you believe that she heard this sentence one time, in a conversation, and was able to reproduce it in her column, word for word, down to the punctuation?

Or if you're like me, maybe your first reaction was, "My sweet lord!"

2 Comments:

Blogger Darlene said...

Ouch! You know, I really liked her...

*sniffle*

At least I still have Amy Goodman to look up to.

May 19, 2009 8:25 AM  
Blogger Jack McCullough said...

Well, Josh has already forgiven her, so you could do the same.

May 21, 2009 7:43 AM  

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