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Cooks Source apologizes. Or does it?

Posted by Steve Greenlee  November 5, 2010 12:46 PM

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The Cooks Source saga continues.

The cooking magazine, based in the Western Massachusetts town of Sunderland, lifted an entire article by a writer without getting her permission or paying her. When the writer, Monica Gaudio, emailed the editor to complain, she was basically told to take a flying leap. Today the Web is awash in anti-Cooks Source sentiment in the form of Facebook posts, tweets, commentary, and parodies.

Gawker reports that Cooks Source editor Judith Griggs apologized this morning in a Facebook post, but there is some question over whether the post really came from her.

But the scandal may deepen. A Facebook page has been set up to list other instances of plagiarism by Cooks Source, and there are allegations that the magazine has lifted articles from Martha Stewart, NPR, Disney's Recipes Today site, and other outlets.

In any case, the situation has certainly drawn attention to a publication that few people had ever heard of. Yesterday Cooks Source had 110 fans on Facebook; as of 12:55 p.m. today, it has 3,600, and the number is rising fast. Except they're not fans; these are folks who are "liking" Cooks Source so that they can post insults on the magazine's Facebook page. With several insults going up per minute, Cooks Source has had to create a second Facebook page so that it can control the posts.

For her part, Gaudio told Time magazine's NewsFeed blog that she is surprised that her case has caused such a stir. She attributed the anger to "Nerd rage."

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