Well, in a sense I'm glad to see that it's not just the sports reporting oldheads that feel that way.
UPDATE: the chief points out that Barnacle knows a thing or two about "sloppy" and "lazy" journalism, having been fired by The Boston Globe for plagiarism almost 10 years ago:
Just a week after fending off demands that he resign amid charges of plagiarism, Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle quit Wednesday as questions were being raised about two more of his columns...the chief notes, that "You're not a member of the news media until you've been busted for plagiarizing, like some sort of secret handshake." (He wouldn't know, because he's in the basement on his little computers).
The contrite columnist admitted at a news conference that he had been "sloppy" and "lazy" in writing the column with the Carlin jokes but maintained that he was not guilty of plagiarism. He said he hadn't read the Carlin book, although he had recommended it to viewers during an appearance on a Boston TV station.
Barnacle vs. Libeling