The Hartford Courant took awhile to focus on the issue I raised in July, but it appears that the paper took the matter seriously. Its apology today for stealing stories from the Press and other competitors shows the Courant hasn't completely lost its way.
Update: On the other hand, the paper's publisher, Richard Graziano, seems to have punished six underlings, including two top editors, but doesn't give any indication of holding himself to blame.
And the paper really ought to cite every specific incidence of plagiarism in its pages, to set the record straight. Otherwise, I assume, its archives continue to maintain the fiction that its stories, some of them carrying a reporter's byline, were actually written by the Courant.
Let's fess up thoroughly, not just issue a blanket apology and move on.
Moreover, Graziano ought to do the right thing as the man in charge -- the one who clearly lowered the bar for the paper's ethics -- and resign.
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