It took two weeks, but the nation’s oldest paper is publicly acknowledging their repeated plagiarism of articles from rival papers. Nearly a week after they said they “discovered a mistake” in their editing process, the Hartford Courant is publishing an apology letter written by Richard Graziano, the paper’s CEO, president and editor, in today’s print edition.
The letter — the Courant swears this one was actually written by the credited author — reads, in brief:
After an extensive internal review, we have determined that over the last several weeks The Courant plagiarized the work of some of our competitors. This was not our intent, but it is in fact what happened. We are taking corrective action to prevent it from happening again. We have also disciplined the individuals involved.
According to a blog for former employees of the Courant, those disciplined include the content manager Jeff Levine, editor Naedine Hazell and four other members of the newspaper staff.
And though the actual nature of the discipline is unclear, at least the Courant hasn’t said they are laying off any of their newsroom staffers. Apparently, only real newspapers do that.