Today, the New York Times ran a remarkable editor’s note acknowledging that Zachery Kouwe, a business reporter for the paper’s Dealbook blog, had apparently plagiarized several stories from The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets. The note said that after a review, the paper found “extensive overlap between passages in Mr. Kouwe’s articles and other news organizations.”
The Times said its investigation was sparked after “editors at the Wall Street Journal” alerted Times brass to Kouwe’s alleged transgressions.
In fact, the Journal’s demand for action came directly from the paper’s editor-in-chief, Robert Thomson. This morning, Daily Intel got its hands on a February 12 letter written by Thomson to Times executive editor Bill Keller that prompted the plagiarism investigation.