Blogging has been light lately, what with my time being taken up by real writing assignments, being sick, and spooning. I'd apologize, but that would suggest that having Galley Slaves content in your life matters to you--and you and I both know that it doesn't. We are not children; this farce does not become us.
Anyway, Mickey Kaus catches Andrew Sullivan in a compromising "Magpie" situation, where Kaus wrote something and Sullivan parroted it, as if it were his own thoughts, on TV. I would remind Kaus and readers that this isn't the first time.
In February, Sullivan wrote a long piece about iPods that was clearly cribbed, in conceit, if not in execution, from Christine Rosen's long essay on the subject in The New Atlantis. Sullivan gave Rosen not even a dollop of credit in passing.
None of this is plagiarism, exactly. And Sullivan isn't violating the letter of any journalistic law. But it is the sort of thing that tends to catch up with you eventually. Don't be surprised if Sullivan eventually gets caught out for his magpieing.
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