Philly Newspaper Writer Cuts and Pastes From Blog

Philly Newspaper Writer Cuts and Pastes From Blog

Well, now, this is a delightful twist on that old saw that bloggers do nothing but rewrite all the hard work that gets done by newspaper reporters out there in the field. Click the above image, which was sent to us by Ballin' Is A Habit, to enlarge it. What you'll see is a side-by-side comparison that shows Kevin Tatum, for years the epitome of entrenched sloth at the Philadelphia Inquirer, swiping paragraphs from the blog VUhoops.com, which, in all fairness, swiped a few paragraphs from a USA Basketball press release, too (though the VUhoops post at least had the courtesy to provide a link to the release).

Tatum's post has since been taken down after a complaint from VUhoops's Brian Ewart was sent to the Inquirer. The paper's sports editor, John Quinn, told me over the phone a little while ago that the matter is "still being looked at" and that the post's removal shouldn't be construed as an admission of guilt or innocence. But let's break it down.

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