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Washington Post Burned Again by Blogger

Washington Post blogPost writer, Elizabeth Flock, resigned from the newspaper on Friday after it was discovered that she used large portions of a story by Discovery News in a recent post. Last December Flock had erroneously reported that Mitt Romney’s [1] campaign was using a slogan linked to the KKK, for which the Post had to issue a correction.

So for the second time in less than four months the Post has had to issue an apology for Flock’s inability to abide by simple journalistic standards.

EDITORS’ NOTE: An earlier version of this report made inappropriate, extensive use of an original report by Discovery News and also failed to credit that news organization as the primary source for the blog post. This was a significant ethical lapse and not in keeping with our journalistic standards. We apologize to Discovery News.

Flock told Andrew Beaujon of Poynter.org that she wasn’t forced to resign, but instead left to pursue other opportunities.

Based on her performance at the Post she should probably seek a job outside of journalism, lest she cause her future employer any embarrassment.