Still no reaction from La Vanguardia re my query of last Wednesday, documented here. Are ethics something of a sore point for them? When John Chappell exposed plagiarism by Màrius Serra, another of their writers, the paper’s ombudsman basically told him to go away and do penance for being a bellicose Anglo-Saxon. I was initially surprised by the lack of editorial comment on the Jayson Blair scandal–why miss a chance to do down the Americans?–I’m beginning to wonder whether this was out of solidarity.
I asked Ramos for comment on Tuesday. Neither he nor the original La Vanguardia address I wrote to has responded, so last night I wrote to the paper’s ombudsman. After spending 15 minutes this morning looking through other Ramos pieces, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that:
1) His work is a rehash, almost always uncredited, of pieces from The Times and (less frequently) The Guardian. Both these organs are, of course, available from newsagents in Spain and over the internet.
2) He does not live (and probably never has lived) in London (or the UK), although he may take a weekend break there every now and again.
- Who ombuds the ombudsman?
Josep Maria Casasús, the La Vanguardia ombudsman to whom I complained almost four months ago re Rafael Ramos, wrote back last
- Ramos and Casasús: woof
Please ignore this if you believe that it doesn’t matter if a reputable newspaper publishes contributions by a journalist apparently prone
- The strange case of Rafael Ramos
La Vanguardia’s London correspondent can’t write English, passes off fiction as fact and is a rampant plagiarist.
- Ooh I really hate that Tony Blair, by Rafael Ramos
Those of you with a memory longer than those interesting socks your boss is wearing this morning may remember that I
- When’s La Vanguardia going to fire Rafael Ramos?
I read the guy briefly a couple of years ago while I was learning Spanish and asked La Vanguaria’s ombudsman and