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After William Booth, the Washington Post‘s Mexico bureau chief, was caught plagiarizing four sentences in a story earlier this week, it didn’t seem like there would be many consequences. Booth insisted it was an accident, and the paper’s ombudsman reported that Booth probably wouldn’t be fired.
But it looks like Booth will see some of the “severe and appropriate action” the Post promised. The Post suspended Booth yesterday over the plagiarism, The Wrap reports.
In an email yesterday, Booth stuck by his claim that the plagiarism was accidental. Andrea Hricko, the University of Southern California professor Booth plagiarized, declined to comment, except to write that the Post had handled the incident with “the utmost integrity and professionalism.”