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N.Y. Post: Writer plagiarized from National Enquirer


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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The New York Post, one of the city's most widely read tabloids, announced Tuesday that one of its freelance writers plagiarized an article from The National Enquirer.

Robin Gregg, who the Post said made infrequent contributions to the paper, wrote an article in the May 15 edition of the Post concerning Wal-Mart's decision to stop selling Kathie Lee Gifford's line of sportswear.

According to a brief statement issued by the Post, Gregg admitted Monday that he plagiarized material for the article from The National Enquirer and said he takes full responsibility.

A comparison of Gregg's article and that of the National Enquirer reveals Gregg copied the original almost verbatim.

"We were deceived by Mr. Gregg, and he will never contribute to the Post again," said Editor-in-Chief Col Allan.

Richard Valvo, vice president of corporate communications at American Media Inc., which publishes The National Enquirer, said the Post had been "very forthcoming" in acknowledging Gregg's plagiarism.

"All's well that ends well," Valvo said. "It has been clarified, and we are extremely happy that it's been clarified."

The revelation comes on the heels of a journalism scandal involving former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair. On May 10, the Times publicly accused Blair of "frequent acts of journalistic fraud," including plagiarizing other publications and making up facts, scenes and quotes. Blair, a 27-year-old who worked for the Times for five years, resigned from the paper May 1.

The New York Post is read by more than 620,000 people, said a spokesman for the Audit Bureau of Circulations.


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