Investigate your plagiarism!
The Montgomery County Sentinel has committed a serious breach of public trust in publishing brazenly plagiarized cartoons week after week for several years. The management of Sentinel Newspapers should restore the public's trust by (a) appointing a neutral third party to investigate the actions of the Sentinel’s editorial staff in the matter of its serial cartoon plagiarism and (b) releasing a public report detailing its findings.
The Washington Post called the Sentinel's plagiarism a "particularly striking" example of an artist "breaking all manner not only of journalistic ethics, but also of all professional code among colleagues." The Sentinel's leadership has been almost entirely silent about this scandal, except to say, "The Sentinel is handling the situation and it is time to move on."
This is unacceptable. Clearly, the newspaper is unwilling or unequipped to investigate itself. A third party should be brought in.
- The Montgomery County Sentinel
I call upon you to appoint a neutral third party to investigate the actions of The Montgomery County Sentinel’s editorial staff in the matter of its serial cartoon plagiarism and release a public report detailing its findings.
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