Mitch Albom stole material. Detroit Free Press’
Carole Leigh Hutton, publisher and editor, said the problems reflect a lack of familiarity with the paper's rules on attribution. She pledged to take steps to address them. The paper's ethics policy requires reporters to give credit when they use the work of others.
The paper's rules on attribution? Not basic honesty or universally accepted rules of writing in civilized society? She’s saying there have to be rules for this?
Add this from Tapscott’s Copy Desk, where the Free Press story is excellently covered:
Since when do professional journalists have to be reminded that simple honesty dictates that they not present the work of others as if it was their own?