This is not your typical media story.
Connecticut’s largest newspaper, The Hartford Courant, is accused of plagiarizing articles in The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Conn., and other newspapers in the state. A lawsuit filed by The Journal Inquirer last week says that 11 Courant articles were lifted from the paper in mainly August and September, according to The New York Times.
It’s the reason why this happened that kills me.
On its Web site, The Courant was aggregating articles from other newspapers, including The Journal Inquirer. And I’ll let The Times’ Richard Perez-Pena take it from here:
Online, The Courant credited many if not all of the articles to the original newspapers, Richard P. Weinstein, The Journal Inquirer’s lawyer, said. But in print, the attribution was often dropped, and the byline of a Courant writer was added. The articles were rearranged and rewritten to some extent, but some phrases from the originals remained intact.
The suit addresses only examples when no credit was given to The Journal Inquirer, but Mr. Weinstein said that even with attribution, the extent of copying violated the law. He held out the possibility that the suit could be amended to add more examples.
The Hartford Courant, which is owned by the Tribune Co., has undergone deep newsroom cuts, Perez-Pena added.