Case reopened: reviewing new examples of plagiarism by the Daily Beast's Gerald Posner.

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Feb. 8 2010 5:30 PM

More Posner Plagiarism

Veteran reporter Gerald Posner is a repeat offender.

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Asked for a comment about the new findings, the Daily Beast's Felsenthal e-mailed this statement: "We obviously take what's happened very seriously. We will be suspending Gerald Posner while we review his articles, to return if we are satisfied that he has taken the necessary steps to avoid this in the future."

Posner offered this statement:

Today I found out that I am suspended from my Chief Investigative Reporter position at The Daily Beast. I now realize that a method of compiling information that I have used successfully since 1984 on book research, obviously does not work in a failsafe manner at the warp speed of the net. Some of the incidents raised by Jack Shafer are not plagiarism, but are instances in which I received the same exact prepared quotation or statement from a police officer or press agent as other reporters. But others are mistakes that I deeply regret.

Rest assured, no one has been tougher on me than I have over this issue. I ask all of you to accept my apology for these instances, a tiny percentage of the hundreds of thousands of words I've written over decades. I accept, however, the full responsibility. 

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