The Sun Plagiarizes Torontoist

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The Sun Plagiarizes Torontoist

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Hey! Torontoist just got ripped off by The Sun.
From our article on Posterchild’s subway pamphlets, published online here on Friday, January 18:

Posterchild––street artist extraordinaire and our new curator for Vandalist––has taken it on himself to fill the empty hooks of the TTC’s subways, streetcars, and buses with new and improved information flyers. For the past week, he’s posted details of one flyer a day to his blog: Monday was a subway and streetcar colouring book; Tuesday was tips on how to flirt on the subway (pictured above); Wednesday was a guided graffiti tour along the 510 Spadina streetcar route; Thursday was a cryptogram, maze, connect-the-dots game, and riddles; and today’s, Friday, was a claim that the whole system is now free.

From Jenny Yuen’s Toronto Sun article on Posterchild’s subway pamphlets, published online and on the third page of the print edition on Sunday, January 20:

For each week day, Posterchild made up flyers for commuters and hung them on hooks on subway cars and the 510 Spadina streetcar.
Each day had a different theme:
Monday was a subway and streetcar colouring book; Tuesday was tips on how to flirt on the subway; Wednesday was a guided graffiti tour along the 510 Spadina streetcar route; Thursday was a cryptogram, maze, connect-the-dots game, and riddles; and Friday’s was a claim that the whole system is now free.

(Italics added in both articles.)
Drawing inspiration from Torontoist is one thing––we’re used to it from the mainstream media, even though we rarely get credit when we should––but this is different. It is completely irrefutable that that paragraph was lifted directly from us.
So, Sun, and Jenny––we know that you read Torontoist and that you’ll see this––drop me a line at david@torontoist.com. Let’s talk.

ADDENDUM: JANUARY 21, 2008
This article implicated Jenny Yuen as necessarily part of the act of plagiarism that took place in the article published under her name in The Sun before such an accusation could be conclusively proven. Such a presumption of her guilt was premature, unfair, and irresponsible, especially for such a serious accusation. Torontoist sincerely apologizes for deeming her guilty until proven innocent; a more detailed explanation and apology are in the comments. We will follow up on this story as more details about the person or persons responsible become available, and we will issue a full apology to Jenny Yuen if it is proven that she was not one of those people.

ADDENDUM: JANUARY 22, 2008
The Sun has issued an apology, and Torontoist has responded to it. We now consider the matter closed.

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