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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

11/10/2004

For the Want of Attribution

I have a lot of time for ex-Post columnist Elizabeth Nickson. She just lost her once a week gig at the increasingly bewildering National Post for "plagiarism" which the Globe an Mail reports on in mocking detail. No question, she lifted the words. She should have attributed them. A simple, "as Jonah Goldberg wrote in the National Review" would have done the trick.

But, I wonder, was this a real beef or was it a way of removing Nickson who was becoming increasingly out of place in the Asperized Post. On a scale of 1 to 10 with, say the Rather Memos or Jason Blair as a 10, failure to attribute in a single column would be around a 3. One which would be easily corrected by printing a short appology.

Hanging for a venial sin says rather more about the judge than the sinner.