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Barnicle Bails from Boston Globe

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Barnicle Bails from Boston Globe

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In the face of new charges of plagiarism and made-up characters, the columnist quits

A MIDST NEW CHARGES of made-up stories and plagiarism, columnist Mike Barnicle resigned his Boston Globe position last week.

His ouster came just days after he won a reprieve from his editor's earlier resignation demand for another incident involving alleged plagiarism from comedian George Carlin's book, Brain Droppings.

The latest controversy was sparked when a former editor in chief of Reader's Digest informed Globe editors that a Barnicle column from Oct. 8, 1995, could not be verified and may have been fabricated. The magazine had fact-checked the article because it was considering it fur reprint.

The retired editor, Kenneth Tomlinson, who was doing a story on his experiences with Barnicle for the Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, sent the letter to Globe editor Matthew V. Storm.

The column was about two children -- one black, one white -- who became friends in the hospital. After the black child died, the parents of the white child gave the parents of the black child $10,000. Tomlinson had wanted to make the story the lead article in Reader's Digest's January 1996 issue. …

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