Veteran journalist Gerald Posner acknowledged today that he copied five sentences from a Miami Herald article this week for a piece he wrote for the Daily Beast. Stating that he was "horrified" at what he did, Posner agreed that it constitutes plagiarism.
Posner is no stranger to the story he plagiarized, having covered elements of it for his 2009 book Miami Babylon: Crime Wealth and Power — A Dispatch From the Beach. Citing primary documents in his possession and his own original reporting, he said that he didn't have to plagiarize the Herald to write his Beast story. But he's not making excuses. He also refused to softpedal in any way what he did because it was inadvertent, as many plagiarists do. "The act is the act," he said. "I am humbled by it, and it will not happen again."
Plagiarism at the Daily Beast [Slate]