Plagiarism: JFK Assassination Propagandist Gerald Posner is a Repeat Offender
Gerald Posner’s Case Closed, celebrated as downright revelatory by major media far and wide as the bottom line on John Kennedy’s murder, had a lie in it – the first sentence. The last sentence was also a lie. So was nearly every sentence in between. But the CIA-controlled “Mockingbird media” can’t get enough of Posner. Even Ian Masters at Pacifica Radio, who despises JFK assassination “conspiracy theorists,” is partial to Posner. Time? The New Yorker? Fox News? He’s their “investigative” darling. This is the Daily Beast “journalist” who claimed without a blush that Michael Jackson committed “suicide” to escape the stresses of performing – this took the onus off of Jackson’s Mob-connected doctors, if true … but of course it isn’t. Gerald Posner is the most obvious CIA propagandist in the Agency’s checkered history. Plagiarism is the least of this soulless reprobate’s journalistic offenses, but he continues to write and publish as if he was Seymour Hersh. He is the most pathetic commenmtary on the state of the media imaginable, but as long as he claims with an air of authority that Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy, the Mockingirds will eat out of his hand … – AC
More Posner Plagiarism
Veteran reporter Gerald Posner is a repeat offender.
By Jack Shafer
Slate | Feb. 8, 2010
Gerald PosnerLast week, a reader tipped me to an instance of potential plagiarism by Gerald Posner in the Daily Beast, for which Posner is chief investigative reporter. After I called the plagiarism to the attention of Daily Beast Executive Editor Edward Felsenthal, the site deleted five pilfered sentences and added an editor’s note to explain the deletions and to apologize.
In an interview with me, Posner admitted he had plagiarized the Miami Herald in his piece—although he had no explanation for how he had lifted the copy. Posner’s editor, Edward Felsenthal, also acknowledged without flinching that Posner had plagiarized but added that he believed the act to be inadvertent and that Posner would continue to write for the Daily Beast. (I’ve saved a copy of the unexpurgated article.)
But this isn’t the only example of Posner pinching copy without attribution. Slate reader Gregory Gelembuik and I have uncovered additional examples of plagiarism by Posner in the Daily Beast from the Texas Lawyer, a Miami Herald blog, a Miami Herald editorial, a Miami Herald article, and a health care journalism blog.
Posner copied from a July 20, 2009, Texas Lawyer article in his Feb. 4, 2010, Daily Beast piece titled “Can This Man Save Jacko’s Doctor?” Here are the plagiarized passages, with the relevant sections marked in bold:
On Dateline NBC and in other TV interviews over the next few days, Chernoff got out four main messages: Murray was cooperating with the police; he did not prescribe Oxycontin or Demerol to Jackson; he had only briefly been Jackson’s doctor; and many other physicians had treated and prescribed medication for Jackson.
—The Daily Beast, Feb. 4, 2010
Chernoff taped the show in Los Angeles on Sunday June 28. During the broadcast, Chernoff says he was able to deliver his main messages about his client: Murray was cooperating with police; he did not prescribe Demerol or Oxycontin to Jackson; he had only treated Jackson for a short period of time; and other doctors had treated and prescribed medication for Jackson.
—Texas Lawyer, July 20, 2009
Then Chernoff flew to Las Vegas and gave Murray, who had returned to his home there, a secure cell phone to prevent electronic eavesdropping.
—The Daily Beast, Feb. 4, 2010
On June 30, Chernoff flew to Las Vegas to bring Murray a secure cell phone to prevent electronic eavesdropping as well as to collect certain documents.
—Texas Lawyer, July 20, 2009
In his Nov. 21, 2009, Daily Beast article, “Murder or Miscarriage?,” Posner plagiarized an Oct. 27, 2009, Miami Herald blog post. Again, the relevant section is marked in bold:
Turned out that 37-year-old Woodward was being held at the Wilshire Division jail, in lieu of $2 million bail on suspicion of murder for the death of an unborn child—believed to be his. At the time, the police said the arrest happened after an investigation revealed “suspicious circumstances of a miscarriage” reported to them only a few days earlier. The fetus was estimated to be in its 13th week.
—The Daily Beast, Nov. 21, 2009
Josh Woodward, owner of South Beach’s 8 Oz. Burger Bar, was arrested Sunday in Los Angeles and is being held on at the Wilshire Division jail in lieu of a $2 million bail on suspicion of murder for the death of an unborn child believed to be his. Police say the arrest happened after an investigation on Monday revealed “suspicious circumstances of a miscarriage” that was reported on October 19. The fetus was estimated to be in its 13th week.
—Miami Herald blog, Oct. 27, 2009
Posner plagiarized the Miami Herald again in his July 29, 2009, Daily Beast piece, “Pill Mill Capital Cracks Down“:
Until now, pain clinics have avoided rigorous state inspections because of a legal loophole that exempts facilities that don’t accept medical insurance. Most clinics only take cash. As a result, pill-mill owners and employees don’t have to undergo the background checks required at other medical clinics. More than a dozen doctors and clinic owners in South Florida with disciplinary records or criminal convictions are operating freely. An owner of an Oakland Park pill mill is sitting in jail awaiting trial on charges of trafficking Oxycodone. …
—The Daily Beast, July 29, 2009
Until now, many pain clinics have escaped rigorous state inspections because of a quirk in the law that exempts facilities that don’t take insurance—and many clinics accept cash only. This loophole also allows clinic employees and owners to avoid the background checks required at other health clinics.
The Miami Herald has identified more than a dozen doctors and clinic owners in South Florida with disciplinary records or criminal convictions. One man continues to own an Oakland Park pain clinic while in jail awaiting trial on charges of trafficking oxycodone.
—Miami Herald, June 19, 2009 (retrieved from Nexis; the St. Petersburg Times also posted the Herald story) …
[More examples are cited]
A lawyer by training, Posner is a full-time journalist who has written books about the Kennedy assassination (Case Closed), Ross Perot, Motown, the U.S.-Saudi Arabia relationship, 9/11, and other subjects. His byline has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Talk, Time, U.S. News & World Report, and elsewhere.
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