Among other journalists, New York Times reporter Carol Vogel is about as unpopular as can be. Why? For one, she routinely runs stories other writers and publications broke first, and presents them as her own. Take this item that’s in today’s “Inside Art,” Vogel’s weekly press-release dump.
Back on Tuesday, October 29, The New York Observer’s Dan Duray reported:
The Observer has learned that Skarstedt Gallery plans to take over the gallery space formerly occupied by Haunch of Venison at 550 West 21st Street. …
Then here’s Vogel in this morning’s paper:
Over the years, 550 West 21st Street in Chelsea has been a trucking garage, a nightclub and an art gallery. It was last home to Haunch of Venison, the contemporary-art gallery that Christie’s acquired in 2007 and that closed in March. (The auction house absorbed the business into its private sales department.)
Now that space will be the second New York gallery for Per Skarstedt, who already operates out of 20 East 79th Street in Manhattan, and on Old Bond Street in London. …
Nowhere in the item does Vogel credit Duray or the NYO. Crediting others who break a story before you do is among the most basic journalistic practices. But this is at least the third time this year (!) that Vogel has taken a story from another outlet without crediting the original reporting. (It’s the second time that she has presented a Duray scooplet as her own.)
The NYT should run a correction immediately — and it’s long past time for NYT culture editor Danielle Mattoon to do something about Vogel’s routine failure to acknowledge the work of others.