The Philadelphia magazine piece that hit the internet August 10 starts, “I stand before you a changed man.”
The GQ piece that hit the internet today starts, “‘I stand before you a changed man,’ Michael Vick tells an auditorium packed with kids whose parents would very much like to see them change, too.”
Well at least we know he stands before us a changed man.
Here’s some screen grabs of the two pieces, with the Philadelphia magazine piece on top:
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And GQ’s piece:
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It’s inconceivable that GQ or Leitch would have knowingly taken another magazine’s lede.
The two writers were at the same event, and the Vick quote is a perfect hook for a magazine feature.
Honest mistake, but a little more variety in our long-form magazine features wouldn’t hurt.