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Worst Plagiarism Cases of 2012

Jan 7, 2013

As is the case every year, there are several high profile cases of plagiarism that can serve as useful warnings to all of us, and some are outright cases of intentional deception while others are the result of laziness. In either case, it's safe to say that the 10 people on this list wish they would have made different choices and done their own writing.

The article on iMediaEthics.org written by Sydney Smith is titled, "2012: 10 Worst Plagiarism and Attribution Cases."

On this list are the following instances:

Number 7: An Arizona newspaper the East Valley Tribune disclosed that an unnamed intern from Arizona State University plagiarized in "several articles." The Phoenix New Times later linked these incidences of plagiarism to the student newspaper at ASU, The State Press, which has also been in the middle of a plagiarism scandal that resulted in the firing of student Raquel Velasco's.

Number 6: CNN and Time magazine both suspended journalist Fareed Zakaria after he apologized for and admitted to his "terrible mistake," which refers to the fact that one of his columns had plagiarized content from an essay written by another journalist.

Number 4: Steve Jeffrey resigned as publisher of the Canadian newspaper, Anchor Weekly following accusations that "more than 40 of his weekly columns" were plagiarized.

Number 1: Jonah Lehrer lost his job at The New Yorker for plagiarizing himself and others and fabricating facts. The magazine Wired had a journalism professor review Lehrer's work and found: "recycling", "press release plagiarism", "plagiarism", "quotation issues", and "factual issues."