‘Rocky Mountain News’ Editorial Writer Resigns After Lifting Passages

By: Joe Strupp

The deputy editorial page editor of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver has resigned following revelations that he used a phrase in an editorial that came from a Web site, as well as other elements from a Washington Post story.

In a note to readers published Friday, News Editor John Temple explained that Deputy Editorial Page Editor Thom Beal had left the paper. He stated that a July 16 editorial Beal wrote about former ambassador Joe Wilson included a passage “based on a [July 10] Washington Post story” and “a phrase that should have been attributed to The Daily Howler Web site.”

“These mistakes do not reflect the policies or practices of the News’ editorial page,” Temple wrote. “We are committed to original thought and expression. Deputy Editorial Page Editor Thom Beal, the author of the editorial, has resigned and said he regrets his actions. I personally apologize for this breach of our trust with you, our readers.”

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