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Veteran Daily Beast Reporter Lizzie Crocker Forced to Resign for Plagiarism

Veteran Daily Beast reporter Lizzie Crocker was forced to resign over allegations she plagiarized from the Weekly Standard, a #NeverTrump publication.

Crocker, who has worked for the left-wing Daily Beast since 2011, is accused of borrowing heavily from a piece written by the Weekly Standard’s Alice B. Lloyd about Katie Roiphe, a writer for Harper’s who is currently under fire over rumors that she intends to publish a critique of “Shitty Media Men,” which would reportedly have included outing the woman who started the list, Moira Donegan, who ended up outing herself last week.

Crocker’s Daily Beast piece, which is titled “How Katie Roiphe Became Feminism’s Nemesis-In-Chief,” has now been removed and replaced with an editor’s note that reads, “The story published about author Katie Roiphe violated The Daily Beast’s Code of Ethics and Standards and has been removed.”

The Daily Caller labeled Crocker’s piece an act of “blatantly plagiarizing” and reports that she “appears to have copied and pasted multiple paragraphs from Alice Lloyd’s article[.]”

According to the Daily Caller, the “identical paragraphs” were first noticed by a writer for the left-wing New York TimesMagazine, who published the similarities on Twitter:

this whole harpers/roiphe controversy is exposing all kinds of problems in contemporary journalism. i'm reading @nymtwit's @thedailybeast piece jan 12 piece and she just straight up copy and pasted (in red) @aliceblloyd's exact wording in a Jan 11 piece in the @weeklystandard. pic.twitter.com/qbYMQ4eKDM

— Thomas Chatterton Williams (@thomaschattwill) January 13, 2018

One example is that both pieces contain the following, word-for-word: “And for Nicole Cliffe, founder and editor of the erstwhile humor blog The Toast, Roiphe’s rumored outing of the list-maker meant an opportunity for flashy, viral, high-ticket internet activism.”

Here are two more striking examples:

this is actually incredible. had to step away and returned to the article to see another graph lifted entirely word for word. am i missing something? does the @thedailybeast have a content licensing deal with the @weeklystandard? pic.twitter.com/NaUycpnTRf

— Thomas Chatterton Williams (@thomaschattwill) January 13, 2018

this graph too–this is bold! i hope @aliceblloyd is getting a paycheck twice. pic.twitter.com/o624NArKVK

— Thomas Chatterton Williams (@thomaschattwill) January 13, 2018

John Avlon, the left-wing editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast, told the Daily Caller that a “larger investigation of her work at The Beast has revealed no other incidents of plagiarism. But one incident is enough.”

Crocker lives in New York City and her verified Twitter account is a reservoir of anti-Trump sentiment.

All of us live in fear of accidently forgetting to indent copy and pasted paragraphs that make clear we are copying and pasting another’s work, or slipping in something and forgetting attribute it. From the looks of it, an honest mistake is not the case with Crocker.

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