The Sun Apologizes to Torontoist
Last Friday, Torontoist published an article about Posterchild’s latest project––fake subway fliers. On Sunday, the Sun published an article about the same topic, with a paragraph that was identical to a portion of Torontoist’s article.
The Sun today (Monday) issued this correction and apology: “A story in the Sunday Sun about a local guerilla artist known as Posterchild contained a paragraph which was not attributed to torontoist.com. The Sun apologizes for the error.” That apology has been published online, and will be printed in tomorrow’s (Tuesday) paper.
In an addendum to Sunday’s post, we promised that we would issue a full apology to Jenny Yuen, the writer of the Sun‘s article, if she was not responsible for copying the paragraph from Torontoist that appeared in her article. (At the time, we were concerned––as many of our readers were––that there was a possibility that the paragraph in the article may have been added by an editor or copy editor.) After dialogue today with the Sun, we’ve determined that an apology is not necessary.
Today, we offered Jenny Yuen an opportunity to issue a statement, which we would publish, unedited, with this post. On Sunday, she claimed in an e-mail to us that the paragraph in her article was not copied from Torontoist, but she declined to comment today and instead directed all questions to the Sun.
We understand that this is a very serious matter––plagiarism and accusations of it always are. We are satisfied with the Sun‘s statement, and Torontoist now considers the matter closed.