- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New York Times reporter Carol Vogel has been accused of plagiarizing a paragraph from a Wikipedia article for a story about Italian Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo.

The questionable paragraph appeared in an article Thursday and is almost identical to a passage from the Wikipedia entry on di Cosimo, Politico reported.

“We’re aware of the situation and are looking into it,” Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy said in a statement.

The passage from Wikipedia read: “Reportedly, he was frightened of thunderstorms, and so pyrophobic that he rarely cooked his food; he lived largely on hard-boiled eggs, which he prepared 50 at a time while boiling glue for his artworks. He also resisted any cleaning of his studio, or trimming of the fruit trees of his orchard; he lived, wrote Vasari, ‘more like a beast than a man’.”

And Ms. Vogel wrote: “He is said to have been terrified of thunderstorms and so pyrophobic that he rarely cooked his food, subsisting mostly on hard-boiled eggs that he prepared 50 at a time while heating glue for his art. He didn’t clean his studio. He didn’t trim the trees in his orchard. Giorgio Vasari, the Renaissance biographer, described Piero as living ‘more like a beast than a man.’”

Gawker points out that Ms. Vogel was criticized before in 2013 for failing to attribute stories.

The allegations come just days after Buzzfeed Viral Politics Benny Johnson was fired for more than 40 counts of plagiarism. Democratic Sen. John Walsh of Montana is also embroiled in a plagiarism controversy regarding his final thesis at the United States Army War College.