A New York Times story helps itself to two lines from a Miami Herald piece.

Media criticism.
Feb. 27 2008 12:14 PM

The Times Plagiarizes the Miami Herald

A Page One story lifts two lines about an illicit drug.

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"Yes," says Abramson. "I think when you take material almost word-for-word and don't credit it, it is." Like most employers, the Times doesn't discuss internal personnel issues. Citing this policy, Abramson declines  comment on whether a reprimand is planned.

A Times Editors' Note about the incident is in the works, she says.

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