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Berton: Journalistic errors are bad enough; this is worse

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There is nothing more chilling to a journalist than the word "plagiarism." It means theft. And fraud.

The Oxford Dictionary defines plagiarism as "the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own."

In the worst cases, it is premeditated. Sometimes it is just sloppiness, laziness or absent-mindedness.

As bad as errors are — and they are bad indeed — plagiarism is worse.

Typos, spelling and grammatical errors are embarrassing. They cause journalists everywhere to lose sleep, far more than you may realize.

Factual errors can be devastating. They create problems for the people and organizations we report on. They can ruin a news agency's credibility.

And they can get journalists fired. That's why we take........

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