Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Canada's paper of record…

…and playing it over and over again. Angry in the Great White North catches the Toronto Star in a neat and uncontestable bit of plagiarism:



Toronto Star Dec.31 2005:

Moon God Drinking Products Co., a skin care company in China, has offered a bounty of 1,000 yuan ($144) for every typographical or literary error found in a day's editions of four Chinese publications in an attempt to embarrass journalists into better writing.

Hao Mingjian, who came up with the idea for the bounty, said that "China's press has lost its polish in the past decade or two," which "reflects a chaotic cultural environment and shows people lack a sense of responsibility."

We applaud Hao's initiative, but we have learned over our years at the Star that it is impossible to embarrass journalists. Public humiliation is our stock in trade.
From "This is True", July 9,1995:

Moon God Drinking Products Co., a skin care company in China, has offered a bounty of 1,000 yuan (US$120) for every typographical or literary error found in a day's editions of four Chinese publications in an attempt to embarrass journalists into better writing.

Hao Mingjian, who came up with the idea for the bounty, said that "China's press has lost its polish in the past decade or two," which "reflects a chaotic cultural environment and shows people lack a sense of responsibility."

(Reuters) ...Nice try, but journalists can't be embarrassed.

HT: Small Dead Animals, from whom I shamelessly lifted the presentation…

Update: Regret the Error was the original discoverer of the plagiarism.

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