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Daily News Editor Fired Following Shaun King Plagiarism Accusations


Shaun King, an outspoken activist and columnist for the New York Daily News, found himself centered in yet another scandal. The Daily Beast editor Noah Shachtman accused the firebrand of copying entire paragraphs from the site without attributing their author.

Shachtman referenced a recent column from King containing excerpts from a story originally published at Daily Beast. King, understandably, didn’t take kindly to the accusation, quickly professing his innocence and providing a screenshot of an earlier draft with proper citation as evidence. As King tells it, his editor removed the quotes before publishing the article.

Oh, and King claimed that he does not read his work after it’s published online, which is why he was the last to know his citation looked like plagiarism.

King also floated the theory that Chelsea Clinton, who serves on the board of Daily Beast parent company IAC, may have it in for him because he supports her mom’s rival, Bernie Sanders. “They ride HARD for Hillary,” King retorted in defense of his journalistic integrity.

It was a weird news day.

The Daily News responded by reviewing all of King’s previous columns and firing the editor responsible for errantly removing citations for large swaths of text, because seriously, why would you do that? King puts the Daily Beast on blast for, ironically, jumping to conclusions instead of doing their due diligence.

If you have a good editor, give them a hug. But, maybe, read over your articles after they get published. You know, just in case.

You can read the Daily News’ official statement below.


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To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.

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