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Boston Globe Columnist Charged with Plagiarism

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Boston Globe Columnist Charged with Plagiarism

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THE BOSTON GLOBE late last week demanded the resignation of longtime columnist Mike Barnicle for plagiarism. But Barnicle refused to quit, setting up a showdown with his editors as E&P went to press.

Globe officials acted in the wake of a reader's complaint and an Aug. 5 Boston Herald story citing 10 passages in an Aug. 2 Barnicle column that closely resembled those appearing in Brain Droppings, the best-selling book by George Carlin.

One of the similarities between the comedian's book and Barnicle's column includes the following:

Barnicle column: "Some day I'd love to see the Pope appear on his balcony and announce the baseball scores."

Carlin book: "Someday I wanna see the Pope come out on that balcony and give the football scores."

RELATIONSHIP NOW 'UNTENABLE'

In a statement issued on Aug. 5, Globe editor Matthew V. Storin said, "This evening I have asked for Mike Barnicle's resignation. In the past few days, and particularly the past few hours, his relationship with his readers and his employer has become untenable."

Barnicle, 54, who has been with the paper for more than a quarter-century, was quoted in Thursday's Wall Street Journal as saying, "I have no intention of resigning. …

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