Journalistic Integrity

> Boston columnist resigns amid new
> plagiarism charges
> August 19, 1998
> Web posted at: 8:38 p.m. EDT (0038 GMT)
> BOSTON (CNN) -- Just a week
> after fending off demands that he
> resign amid charges of plagiarism,
> Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle quit Wednesday
> as questions
> were being raised about two more of his columns.
> The pugnacious writer, who has become an institution
> in Boston over
> the course of a 25-year career at the Globe, told TV
> station WCVB
> that his resignation was "the best thing for the
> paper."
> Globe editor Matthew Storin told the staff that he
> had asked for and
> received Barnicle's resignation, because of
> questions about whether
> the writer had fabricated characters in a 1995
> column.

Barnicle denied emphatically that any allegation that he had
plagiarized was false and that nothing should be inferred from his
resignation. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it
was the age of wisdom, it was the age when I did not plagiarize,"
Barnicle mentioned at a press conference called by him immediately after
has announcement to the Globe.
"I am not an animal! I am a human being, one who does not
plagiarize," he declared to he members of the press, "No man is an
island, and I am no island of plagiarism, so ask not for whom the bell
tolls, for it tolls for plagiarists, and it doesn't toll for me."
"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, especially for
those who plagiarize, this is I know to be true and to be a serious
stain for the profession of journalism, so to it I can only say out out
damned spot, there can be no plagiarism here, and to that tenet I stick
with the moral glue that could hold a man suspended by a hard hat from a
steel girder. My morality in this matter is unshakable and is built
Ford tough. I love journalism, I love what you do for me,
Journa---Lis-ehm! Journalism even by any other name would smell as
sweet, especially to me, a person who would not dare to stain it with
plagiarism. It is unthinkable to me to steal the words of another.
Thou shalt not steal, and since I will never be the one to cast the
first stone, I can't ever imagine plagiarizing something, which I never
Barnicle implored, "why you do this to me? Why must I suffer the
slings and arrows and go gentle into that good night? Of those who
don't plagiarize, I am the last one? Just when I thought I was out,
they pull me back in. Welcome to the rock, the rock of plagiarism, they
say, bad boys bad boys whattcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do? The answer
my friend is blowin' in the wind, and it says that I didn't plagiarize.
"I am willing to take The Stand in a courtroom and testify that I am
an Apt Pupil of journalism, that the Talisman of truth will vindicate
me, but I can no longer suffer this Misery and must resign my post."
When pressed for the absolute truth behind his resignation, Barnicle
lashed out, "you can't handle the truth!" Barnicle then got up onto the
courtroom table, screamed "say hello to my little friend," and exposed
himself to the members of the press present at the press conference and
screamed out, "you're out of order, you're out of order, " and then
stormed out holding Dan Rather's hand and a box of Kleenex.

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