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Washington Post journalist suspended for “substantial” plagiarism

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After nearly three decades with the paper and two Pulitzer prizes, journalist Sari Horwitz has been suspended from The Washington Post for plagiarizing reporting from the Arizona Republic covering Jared Lee Loughner and the Arizona shooting. The Post issued an apology for running the stories containing "substantial material that was borrowed and duplicated, without attribution." Horwitz herself has now issued the following apology:

"I am deeply sorry. To our readers, my friends and colleagues, my editors, and to the paper I love, I want to apologize. Under the pressure of tight deadlines, I did something I have never done in my entire career. I used another newspaper’s work as if it were my own. It was wrong. It was inexcusable. And it is one of the cardinal sins in journalism. I apologize to the Arizona Republic and its reporters and editors. I accept the punishment that The Washington Post has given to me. And I am grateful the paper will allow me to return. I hope to come back a better journalist and a better person.”

Though Horwitz lifted work from two separate Arizona Republic stories, her suspension is actually a less severe punishment than the usual firing. Given her tenure at the paper and lack of evidence of any other incidents of plagiarism, Post editor Marcus Brauchli said, "We [took] action that we think is appropriately severe and reflects the seriousness with which we view this transgression.” Well, if nothing else, she can always count on a future in blogging!