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More Gerald Posner Plagiarism in Miami Babylon, From New Times, PBS, and Many Others

Categories: Media Watch, News

Back on March 16, Riptide broke the news that South Beach-based author Gerald Posner's latest book, Miami Babylonhad stolen eight passages from Frank Owen's 2003 work Clubland.

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New Times and a doctoral student have found more than a dozen new instances of plagiarism in Gerald Posner's latest book.
Posner had already resigned as chief investigative reporter at the Daily Beast after Slate's Jack Shafer busted him for lifting sentences from the Miami Herald, Texas Lawyer, and others in his work for Tina Brown's website.

After Shafer exposed the Daily Beast thefts, Posner blamed the "warp speed of the Net." When New Times published his Miami Babylon thievery, he pointed toward a new system of "trailing end-notes."

What will Posner blame this time? Because New Times and doctoral student Gregory Gelembiuk have now uncovered what look like 16 new instances of plagiarism in Miami Babylon, as well as eight quotes that appear to be altered or used out of context in the book.

Gelembiuk also pointed us toward three apparent instances of plagiarism in Posner's Daily Beast work that weren't reported in Slate's earlier stories.

Posner hasn't responded to multiple calls or emails to comment on our story, which you can read in full here. Click through for a full accounting of all the new problems in Miami Babylon that we've uncovered.

In each case detailed below, we've highlighted the original text first, followed by the apparently plagiarized passage in Miami Babylon.

Plagiarism in Miami Babylon

1) "Beating Whitey," by Francisco Alvarado, Miami New Times, Feb. 6, 2003:

The mayor was convicted, released in 1992, and elected mayor again in 1994.

In August 1995, however, Don's relationship with Barry burned him. The city council, in a rare move against Barry, balked at a $48 million plan to lease two office buildings from Peebles.

Miami Babylon, page 290:

He was convicted, released in 1992, and elected mayor again in 1994.

In August 1995, Peebles' close relationship with Barry burned him. The D.C. city council rejected Barry's no-bid $48 million plan to lease two office buildings from Peebles.


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