A Jan. 24 opinion column, “Why we need pluses and minuses,” and a Sept. 6, 2012 opinion column, “‘Freedom’ taken too far,” both included unattributed language nearly identical to language published in other sources. In the Jan. 24 column, the first sentence should have been attributed to the Boston Globe. In the Sept. 6, 2012 column, a sentence about a study of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign contributions should have been attributed to the New York Times. Notes have been attached to the online versions of the columns.
The Herald holds its writers to the highest standards on proper attribution. We are reviewing our training procedures to make sure those standards are clear to all staff members. We apologize to our readers.