Is Plagiarism the New Online Journalism?

I’ve noticed a very disturbing trend while searching Google News for Linux information.  A pattern of rewritten articles emerged.  The same information that was posted previously on one Website appeared at regular and consistent intervals in stories re-reported by another author on a completely different Website.

These cloned articles may be nothing more than coincidence.  However, the frequency at which these stories are published makes me extremely skeptical.

Google does not lie.  It can only return search results based on the information it receives from a Website.  So all dates listed are accurate.

The inclusion of the description “(blog)” is deceptive.  No blog section can be currently found on the Website cited.  All of these articles appeared as a featured news story on their home page.

The Evidence:

Example one – Same story, one day later.

1 day later example 1

Example two – Same story, one day later.

1 day later example 2

Example three – Same story, one day later.

1 day later example 3

Example four – Same story, one day later.

1 day later example 4

Example five – Same story, one day later.

1 day later example 5

Example six – Same story, one day later.

1 day later example 6

Example seven – Same story, two days later.

2 days later example 1

Example eight – Same story, two days later.

2 days later example 2

Example nine – Same story, two days later.

2 days later example 3

Example ten – Same story, two days later.

2 days later example 4 part 1

2 days later example 4 part 2

Example eleven – Same story, two days later.

2 days later example 5 part 1

2 days later example 5 part 2

Example twelve – Same story, four days later.

4 days later example 1

Example thirteen – Same story, four days later.

4 days later example 2 part 1

4 days later example 2 part 2

Example fourteen – Same story, six days later.

6 days later example 1

Example fifteen – Same story, six days later.

6 days later example 2

Example sixteen – Same story, seven days later.

7 days later

Example seventeen – Same story, nine days later.

9 days later

Example eighteen – Quoting the same blogger five times in less than one month.

Quoting one blogger 5 times in less than one month

Example nineteen – Quoting another blogger five times in less than one month.

Quoting one blogger 5 times in less than one month

Example twenty – Quoting another blogger four times in less than one month.

Quoting another blogger 4 times in less than one month

Example twenty-one – Quoting another blogger four times in less than one month.

Quoting another blogger 4 times in less than one monthExample twenty-two – Quoting another blogger four times in less than one month.

Quoting another blogger 4 times in less than one month

Example twenty-three – Quoting another blogger three times in less than one month.

Quoting another blogger 3 times in less than one month

Example twenty-four – Quoting another blogger three times in less than one month.

Quoting another blogger 3 times in less than one month

Example twenty-five – Quoting another blogger three times in less than one month.

Quoting another blogger 3 times in less than one month

Example twenty-six – Quoting another blogger four times in less than one month.

Quoting another blogger 4 times in less than one month

Anyone can sit on their ass and surf the Web.  They can collect and rewrite information to their heart’s content.  They can even submit those copy-cat articles for publication on a major news Website.  But is that really journalism?

Has plagiarism become the new standard of online journalism?

There is the evidence.

You decide.

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Example twenty-seven – Same story, six days later.

Same story - 6 days laterExample twenty-eight – Same story, five days later.

Same story - 5 days later

Example twenty-nine – Same story – three months later.

Same story - 3 months later

Example thirty – Same story – seven days later.

Same story - 7 days later

Example thirty-one – Same story – five days later.

Example thirty-one

Example thirty-two – Same story – 2 days later.

Example thirty-two - Same story - 2 days later

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One Response to “Is Plagiarism the New Online Journalism?”

  1. noahcaks Says:

    Busted!

    Good work, Doc!

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