Sun Staff Writer John Lawhorne -- the man who brought the art of the agenda-rewrite to new lows -- landed on the cover of the local entertainment insert today. A rock band, 38 Special, is due to hit town next week. So Lawhorne hit Wikipedia.
Most of the last two legs of type, readers will note, sound very like the entry posted in that repository of all modern knowledge.
Here's the comparison. Newspaper first. Wikepedia second:
John Lawhorne: In the early 1980s, the band began incorporating elements of blues-rock and arena rock into their sound. A string of successful albums and singles followed.
Wikipedia: By the early 1980s, the band began incorporating elements of blues-rock and arena rock into their sound, kicking off a string of successful albums and singles.
John Lawhorne: Best-known songs by the group include "Caught Up in You" (1982) and "If I'd been The One" (1983). Both songs hit number one on the Billboard magazine's album rock chart.
Wikipedia: Among 38 Special's best-known songs are "Caught Up in You" (1982) and "If I'd Been the One" (1983), both of which hit #1 on Billboard magazine's album rock chart.
John Lawhorne: "Second Chance" (1989) became number one on Billboard's adult contemporary chart. It was sung by Max Carl, now a member of Grand Funk Railroad.
Wikipedia: "Second Chance" (1989), a #1 hit on Billboard's adult contemporary chart, and sung by former member Max Carl who is now a member of Grand Funk Railroad.
Lawhorne retains the wording of most of his source material -- Wikipedia. He breaks up a couple of long Wiki-sentences into two shorter sentences, but retains the exact order of clauses and ideas. The sentences appear just as they do here -- in order, with no breaks. That's a big chunk of someone else's writing to put your byline on, John.
Oh, he does move one Wikipedia paragraph higher up in his own story.
Lawhorne: The current band lineup includes co-lead singer and guitarist Barnes, co-lead singer and rhythm guitarist Van Zant, guitarist Danny Chauncey, bassist Larry Junstrom, keyboardist Bobby Caps, and drummer Gary Moffatt.
Wikipedia: The current lineup consists of co-lead singer Don Barnes, rhythm guitarist and co-lead singer Donnie Van Zant, guitarist Danny Chauncey, bassist Larry Junstrom, keyboardist Bobby Caps, and drummer Gary Moffatt.