Three Washington Post articles by staffer Lisa Rein plagiarized from government news website Government Executive, the Post‘s Erik Wemple reported. Government Executive identifies itself as the “government’s business news daily and the premier website for federal managers and executives” and is based in Washington D.C.
According to the three editor’s notes atop Rein’s articles, the plagiarism affected a total of eight paragraphs in the three stories.
“We appreciate that the Washington Post’s editors have acknowledged ‘serious lapses’ in judgment and systematic misappropriation of Government Executive’s work,” Government Executive’s editor-in-chief Tom Shoop told iMediaEthics by e-mail. “We believe that a pattern of plagiarism should be treated very seriously. We take great pride in the original reporting produced by our staff.” He posted an image on Twitter of the print editor’s note:
— Tom Shoop (@tshoop) January 19, 2016
Rein apologized in an e-mail to the Washington Post‘s Wemple, calling the plagiarism “inadvertent lapses made in haste, and they fall short of the standards I have always set for myself.” She went on: “I feel terrible about this, and am committed to seeing that it is never repeated. My apologies to GovExec and to my readers.”
Rein’s Aug. 17 article, “A family in public housing makes $498,000 a year. And HUD wants tenants like this to stay.”
CORRECTION - January 20, 2016 11:08 AM EST
Due to an editing error, the Post’s Barr was incorrectly referred to as “she.” Barr is a “he.” We regret the error.