Dowd's excuse is bullshit. It wasn't a line she picked up from a friend. It was a paragraph. The truth is, all she had to do was say, "My bad. I forgot to attribute it to Josh Marshall. I was in a rush." Or, something like that. Instead, she dug deeper by lying. There's no way "a friend" remembered the PARAGRAPH verbatim, and then was able to relay it to Dowd, verbatim. Remember that game, The Telephone Hour?
It's the cover-up stupid.
We've all make mistakes. Even those of us blogging in our underwear.
Anyway, I posted a final update on the Dowd plagiarism story over at TPM to include these links. It seem to gave gotten a lot of play, so I wanted to include them:
From Bink (DailyKos): Maureen Dowd Caught 'Borrowing Text' in NYT? Dowd Responds ...
guardian.co.uk: New York Times columnist caught in plagiarism row
Media Bistro: NY Times Absolves Maureen Dowd
The Atlantic: Maureen Dowd's Astonishing Feats of Verbal Memory
Colorado Independent: Maureen Dowd: parasitic blogger
Greg Mitchell (Editor & Publisher): 'The Guardian' Covers Maureen Dowd Wrongdoing -- and Contributes its Own
The Weekly Standard: MoDo-gate: It's the Cover Up That Kills
The Insider.com: Maureen Dowd ripped off blogger, Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall
The Political Carnival: NY Times' Maureen Dowd Plagiarizes TPM's Josh Marshallread more