How to write an Eagle Action story
As any regular reader knows, I don't like Eagle Action. Their ethics have been questionable for years. I don’t subscribe, so I am not a regular reader of their pay articles. However, someone pointed out some blatant plagiarism in their latest piece. Because things might get changed, I asked a reader to grab a PDF of the article in question before it could be fixed.
Look at this highlighted passage.
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Now read this article from Caulton Tudor of the News & Observer. Aside from the taking out a phrase referencing Butch Davis, it is a word for word rip off of the other writer. The funny thing is that they reference Tudor’s interview two paragraphs later. Why bother mentioning Tudor since the stealing at that point is so blatant? But I kept reading and some other things bothered me. I just knew there was no way the EA staff did this much research on Logan this quickly. These guys are lazy. So I googled some of the phrases and stats they used in the second half of the article.
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Well, it seems like these guys are big fans of Caulton Tudor because, sure enough, they swiped phrases from him two other times in the piece.
Google the phrase “Harley got 42 carries for 351 yards in a 50-29 win.” The first link is from the News & Observer.
Google the seemingly random order of names EA used: “Junior Smith, Leonard Henry and Scott Harley."
I’ll give you one guess on who the first link is? That’s right, Caulton Tudor.
I know writing quickly as news breaks is tough. But it is also just as easy to point out the work of others. If you are going to plagiarize don't charge people for the content. At the end of the day my point is stop giving money to the crooks and frauds at Eagle Action.