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Zakaria critics turn their attention to Malcolm Gladwell

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Delphic media bloggers @crushingbort and @blippoblappo say New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell “lifted quotes and other material without attribution” in his work for the magazine.

Among their examples: a 2011 story that doesn’t cite quotes that appear to be taken from Jeffrey S. Young; a 2013 story that draws heavily from a 1952 article by John Sawyer; a 2010 article that uses stuff from “Miles Wolff’s authoritative but obscure 1970 book, Lunch at the Five and Ten.”

@crushingbort and @blippoblappo recently addressed Bill Adair’s class at Duke and said that after spending much of the year haunting Fareed Zakaria they had found another target, but didn’t provide a name.

Speaking of that person, @crushingbort told the class they’d “found other instances (that) could kindly be called questionable attribution, yet no reporters have pushed for more information” and were “deciding at the moment whether or not to send that information to the outlet in question.”

Reached by email, blappo and bort told Poynter Gladwell came to their attention after that statement. Read more

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