The story of the Montgomery County (Texas) Bulletin
Plagiarism scandal, so far:
1) A reader pointed out to Slate.com writer Jody Rosen that an article he had written about Jimmy Buffett had been plagiarized by Mark Williams, a writer for a small weekly Texas paper, the Montgomery County Bulletin
2) Rosen contacted the editor of the Bulletin
, Mike Ladyman, who pretty much blew him off.
3) Rosen did some more investigating and realized that Mark Williams had plagiarized almost EVERYTHING he wrote for the Bulletin
. And a substantial amount of the rest of the content of the Bulletin
also came from plagiarized sources.
4) Rosen published an article in Slate
about what he had found.
5) Mike Ladyman, in response, decided to cease publication of the Bulletin
It's interesting to read the statements of Ladyman and Williams. They truly seem to feel they're the injured parties in all of this. (Cognitive dissonance at work.) Ladyman, for instance, complains that Rosen didn't handle the process "professionally." And Williams sarcastically congratulates Rosen for "breaking an already fragile soul."
There seemed to be some question about whether Mark Williams was actually a real person, or an alter ego of Mike Ladyman. However, Williams talked to NPR's On the Media
, so apparently he is real. (Thanks to Joe Littrell!)