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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Media news derivatives: Aug. 14

In case you missed it — Ryan Lizza, the Washington correspondent for the New Yorker, doesn’t really get why Paul Ryan made himself available for extensive interviewing right in the middle of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential vetting process. Why not just hunker down and avoid the spotlight?

Elsewhere:

● Craig Silverman of Poynter notes that responses to Fareed Zakaria’s plagiarism vary widely — there’s no consensus on what sort of punishment that this violation merits.

But after tracking plagiarism and fabrication cases for more than seven years (see some data here) I’ve found many news organizations don’t immediately investigate a writer’s previous work, and it’s often a struggle to get anything other than a prepared statement from them about the incident. When they do investigate previous work, news organizations usually fail to follow up publicly about what they found.

● A break for some seasonal fare: Watch a Discovery crew get some thrilling shots of a great white shark bursting from the water, hungry:

 

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