Josep Maria Casasús, the La Vanguardia ombudsman to whom I complained almost four months ago re Rafael Ramos, wrote back last Friday, telling me that the information provided in the electronic address – that’s the 80s term for URL – was insufficient to reach a conclusion of plagiarism. He also asked me to come and meet him, bringing unspecified documents. I’ve written back asking him:
- Why it has taken 15 weeks instead of one day to make this request.
- Exactly what evidence further to my original post is required to demonstrate plagiarism. The information and quotes presented in Ramos’ 2001/10/16 article could not have been the fruit of his labours unless he was in Peshawar. The Times and the Guardian articles contain all substantial information used by Ramos and were available to him seven to eight hours before he filed. I fail to see how it is possible to avoid the conclusion that Ramos plagiarised his article from the Times and the Guardian. I assume that La Vanguardia will provide Casasús with the resources required to find other examples.
- Whether he has come to any conclusions regarding the other charges, viz that Ramos published work that was illiterate and that displayed an elementary inability to distinguish between fact, opinion, and fiction.
- Whether he regards these two practices as being compatible with the profession of journalism.
- Whether he has informed La Vanguardia’s management of the problem, and when.
- When he expects to finish his investigation.
- Whether he will subsequently publish a timeline showing what he did when to reach his conclusions.
Josep Maria Casasús wrote in his comments on the Jayson Blair case that “Times are changing … Ethics are already a commercial ploy/lure” (Los tiempos están cambiando … La ética ya es un reclamo comercial). With his failure to resolve in months what the New York Times resolved in days, Mr Casasús is rapidly becoming a commercial liability for La Vanguardia and a reputational liability for another of his employers, the Pompeu Fabra University, where he is professor of journalism. Meanwhile, thanks go to the Ombudsgod for his thunderbolt in the direction of Casasús and to Iberian Notes for continuing to show an interest.
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