Lizzie Crocker caught plagiarizing. Just another day in a dead profession.

Very little mentioned about it. She worked for the Daily Beast, and this is the article that did her in.  (One link is an archive, the other is from another site that has not yet removed it. I included both just in case the original site decides to remove it).

The article was originally on the Daily Beast’s site, but it scrubbed the evidence.

It is not all that surprising. I have had more than one of my pitches stolen by unscrupulous editors over the years, yet there is nothing you can really do about it.

But when it is words being stolen, it is somewhat easier to deal with — and in this case, she “resigned.”

There are a lot of capable people who can write original thoughts, but they have a harder time making it than those who steal ideas.

The reason is very simple: it takes a lot of time to research, analyze and write. It takes nothing to steal, and then go to parties and schmooze with editors and get more work. You have time to “sell” your “brand.”

And creative people naively believe their products speak for themselves.

Yes, but often, that product blabs to the wrong person.

It is a serious problem. Some people see nothing wrong with the practice, but plants seeds of resentment to the authentically talented, and to the thieves, they often get promoted to positions they cannot handle, and then crash and burn.

You would think there would be better mechanisms in place, but there are none, and why, in 2018, we still have “reporters” pulling that stunt out in the open. Don’t kid yourself.

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