stealing our original content and making money from it," wrote Bronstein. "It doesn't
really help our case if we're raiding closets and borrowing outfits
from members of our own fraternity without at least asking."
By the way, Bronstein's accusation of "borrowing" is just a passive-aggressive way of calling out the Times for sloppiness at best and plagiarism at worst. It's a big deal. And, in the end, it turns out to be hilarious -- because on Aug. 12, a week before the Chron story Bronstein referenced, Batts told the same anecdote to the Long Beach Press Telegram (though they did not lead with it, like the Times and Chron). If the Press Telegram's "editor at large" wrote a bombastic column
about the Chron "borrowing" his paper's material -- well, we missed it. Meanwhile, it seems Batts is a man who likes to repeat his anecdotes to anyone with a notepad or microphone. Let's all make a note of this.
Our calls to McKinley to gauge his feelings on being called out by Bronstein were passed to Felicity Barringer, the editor of the Times' Bay Area pages. "Unfortunately, neither Jesse nor I read the Chron piece he cites. So the good news is, it's hard to borrow something you haven't even read," she notes. "The bad news is, as an editor, I should have been a little more thorough in my research."
Boy, I'll bet Phil Bronstein could tell you a little bit about that.
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