There Is Nothing To Debate Here - Maureen Dowd Plagiarized Her Ass Off And She's Going To Get Away With It!
When you lift complete passages from someone else and publish it as your own work - whether on purpose or by "accident" - it's still plagiarism just the same. I would fail the hell out of any student that submitted some work they "lifted" from someone else.
Maureen Dowd of the New York Times just got caught doing this very thing and she's gonna get away with it. Her excuse is complete bullshit that you have to be a complete and utter idiot to ever believe. I'm with this writer who doesn't believe her either. Dowd gets paid a lot of money and it bugs the hell out of me that she is so smug about bloggers while she's creeping on their writings.
She didn't even bother to make a decent attempt at an apology. Some folks never have to follow the rules.