Yet another accusation about plagiarism.
This time J.K. Trotter on Gawker has fingered The New York Times reporter Carol Vogel. In a detailed graphic Trotter displays her content on painter Piero di Cosimo versus what was posted previously on Wikipedia. Here is Trotter's article.
Earlier BuzzFeed's Viral Politics editor Benny Johnson was canned for serial plagiarism.
Many readers do not understand what hard work writing is. Of course, that's no excuse for lifting content from someone else without giving credit. But it does explain why everything in a writer, from values to energy level, could go kaput. Perhaps it is a type of spiritual and physical blackout.
Because plagiarism is theft, the institutions of society must punish it. That does not rule out the need for compassion. Writers are no better and probably no worse than most other human beings.