Plain and simple plagiarism
Yet another reason to call the Wheeling Intelligencer a “newspaper”
Yesterday, the Washington Post released the Vatican report on former Bishop Michael J. Bransfield. (See next post down.) This morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer covered some of the findings of the document in a front-page article attributed to "staff reports." Much of the article quotes directly from the report – that makes sense since what the report says is the most important element of the story. Here, however, are the last two paragraphs of this morning’s Intelligencer story:
Since February, when the confidential investigative report was completed, West Virginia’s attorney general and police in Washington, D.C., have issued subpoenas to church officials in Wheeling and Baltimore, seeking the report and other records about Bransfield that they believe could help investigations into sex abuse claims. In public statements, church officials repeatedly pledged to cooperate.
In recent months, FBI agents have interviewed multiple church officials in West Virginia about Bransfield. It is not clear if they have asked for the report. An FBI spokesman declined to comment. D.C. police are probing an allegation that Bransfield inappropriately touched a 9-year-old girl on a church trip to the nation’s capital. They have sent subpoenas for a broad array of Bransfield-related documents to church leaders in West Virginia and the archdioceses of Baltimore and Philadelphia, where Bransfield started his career.
Those two paragraphs are not from the Vatican report; they are word-for-word from the actual Washington Post article by Shawn Boburg, Robert O'Harrow Jr. and Michelle Boorstein. The paragraphs are not in quotes and the authors are not given credit. This is plagiarism.