Monday, May 16, 2011

Wanker bin Readin

Further to the New York Post's fabulous front page,

Darryl Mason has accused Tim Blair of plagiarism.
When Daily Telegraph journalist Tim Blair isn't too busy thrillingly pointing out basic typos in independent media (with a fraction of the editorial staff of his own newspaper), he apparently borrows headlines from the New York Post, without credit.
UPDATE : A few hours after the above was posted, Blair acknowledges this remarkable coincidence : "Not for the first time, me and (NY Post editor) Col Allan are on the same wavelength."

So Blair, according to his own post, checked the reaction of New York Times to the alleged discovery of a Bin Laden hideout 'porn stash' but didn't bother to see what his mate, and fellow Murdoch employee, Col Allan, had come up with on such a dream Osama tabloid story? That sounds realistic.
Yes. I mean, when news like that breaks a senior editor at a newspaper wouldn't have better things to do than trawl the blogs and ring old mates to swap notes on the printed edition.

Plagiarism is a huge call and one I suspect might end very badly for Mason.

I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people independently came up with that headline. "Osama bin Chokin' al-Chicken" and "Tissue Bin Laden" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Meanwhile, Antony Loewenstein, a man who has sent subeditors off on stress leave has posted another of his lengthy editorials about this. Wordcount: Zero. Antony bin Writin'!

Elswehere, the sub-literate Loewenstein inadvertently accuses Wikileaks of human rights abuses:
Human rights at stake, says Amnesty, and Wikileaks helped
Amnesty International should write a report on whomever edited Loewenstein's books.

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Anonymous thefrollickingmole said...

My own one "Osama beenlaidoff" hasnt caught on yet....

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Osama bin Plankin?

12:32 PM  

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