June 23, 2005, - 9:52 am

Sports’ Jayson Blair: Chicago Sun Times Sports Columnist Plagiarizes WNBA Player, Fabricates to Attack Me

By Debbie Schlussel
In his zeal to call me a “creep,” Chicago Sun Times sports “columnist” Ron Rapoport invented and attributed to me a quote I never wrote or uttered, in his column in yesterday’s edition of the paper. Rapoport wrote:
“OK, who’s the bigger creep? . . . or conservative commentator Debbie Schlussel, who wrote, “Patrick looks like a woman, as opposed to the 169 players in the WNBA, who look like men.”
Where did I write that? It’s not in , to which he is referring. Rapoport is so LAZY, he didn’t bother to read my column at all. Instead, he merely plagiarized a sentence from WNBA player , and falsely presented it as a quote from my column. It ISN’T. Some journalist.
It’s a sad day when a sports columnist needs to plagiarize a WNBA player for material. But don’t look for a retraction in Rapoport’s column. No fact-checking, false reporting, and plagiarism–three no-nos in journalism, and Rapoport’s guilty of all of them. In response, the only thing he can say is “I’m Not Rappaport.” Well, at least, he spelled my name right.
*** UPDATE: After an e-mail to Rapoport pointing out that he fabricated and plagiarized his column, attributing a quote to me that I NEVER uttered or wrote, Rapoport has the chutzpah to ask me to send him the column. What am I–his unpaid researcher? Call me a “creep,” do your own research, lazy writer.

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3 Responses

Hey, Deb…
Rapoport is worthy of a “Fiskie” if there was one for sports writers.

Yiddish Steel on June 23, 2005 at 3:57 pm

Why don’t you call Rappaport and ask him to name 5 WNBA players off the top of his head?
I bet he’s never seen a WNBA game in his life.

Jeff_W on June 23, 2005 at 9:59 pm

I can name a reason for him plagarizing a WNBA player….WNBA players can write awesome stories. Unlike Debbie Schlussel. Especially Kayte Christensen and her interesting stories on the road and stuff..who would want to pass that up to read one of Debbie’s insulting stories? Not me!

Sharon Ringstaff on June 27, 2005 at 3:02 am

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