This Is Really Weird

Look, I know this isn’t earth-shattering, but it is really weird.  I was reading Dave Weigel at Slate (“The Week That Everybody Hated Vox”), and in the first paragraph, he links to two older stories, one in WaPo about Ezra Klein (and other male bloggers) and another on Ann Friedman’s blog about Shani Hilton (and other female bloggers).  Virtually the same quote appears in each article, one attributed to Klein and the other attributed to Hilton:

“I came here, and I had no professional affiliation. I just had a blog that was mine, but I came out here and was trained as a magazine writer, and that was just a much more formalized way of journalism. You made calls. People answered calls. You took down what was said in a respectable account, and that began to influence my blogging. It became a lot less of an ‘Ezra affair.’”

“I came here, and I had no professional affiliation. I was just a contributor to a group blog, but I came out here and was trained as a magazine writer and editor. You made calls. People answered calls. You took down what was said in a respectable account, and that began to influence my work. But it was never a ‘Shani affair.’”

I just can’t figure out how this came to be and who is plagiarizing whom.

 

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