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Candy Evans Rips Off D CEO for Jack Matthews Dirt

To be perfectly clear, what I’m about to show you is not a case of plagiarism. It’s just a case of laziness. And dishonesty.

Jack Matthews, as you may know, is the developer behind South Side on Lamar and the Omni. He’s reportedly kicking the tires on Museum Tower. Candy Evans, as you may know, is a former D Empire employee who now covers real estate on her own site, CandysDirt.com. She also contributes to CultureMap and Pegasus. So then. Here is part of what Candy wrote about Matthews on Pegasus.

Matthews is the developer behind some of North America’s and North Texas’ most impressive projects. First and foremost is the $500 million Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel, which opened ahead of schedule and is making money hand over fist. Matthews also developed The Bow, a 58-story, 2.2 million-square-foot headquarters for Encana Corp. in Calgary, Alberta and now the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto.

A Canadian, Matthews grew up in London, Ontario, the fifth of sixth children and the only boy in his family. He began working for his father’s construction company at age 16, and earned both an undergrad degree and MBA from the University of Western Ontario, where he earned an undergrad degree in economics and an MBA. Matthews developed Southside on Lamar out of the old historic Sears catalog building on Lamar Street, the Beat Condos, and The Tribute, a 1,500-acre masterplanned community on the shores of Lake Lewisville featuring a Scottish links-style golf course designed by Tripp Davis and The Old American Golf Club, designed by Davis and Justin Leonard.

Here is what our own Christine Perez wrote in D CEO back in October 2011:

Jack Matthews is behind some of North America’s most impressive projects.

Another stunner is The Bow, a 58-story, 2.2 million-square-foot headquarters for Encana Corp. in Calgary, Alberta. When it opens next spring, the crescent-shaped tower will be the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto.

Matthews grew up in London, Ontario, a city of about 300,000 people, the fifth of sixth children and the only boy in the family.

At 16 he began working for his father’s construction company, then attended the University of Western Ontario, where he earned an undergrad degree in economics and an MBA.

To the north, the company continues to develop The Tribute. The spectacular 1,500-acre masterplanned community on the shores of Lake Lewisville is home to a Scottish links-style golf course designed by Tripp Davis and The Old American Golf Club, designed by Davis and Justin Leonard.

It’s pretty clear that Candy’s 175-word primer on Matthews came directly from Christine’s story. Candy rearranged a word or two here, enough that, again, I’m not going to accuse her of plagiarism. But it’s bad. It sucks. And doing the right thing here would have been so easy. You just give credit where it is due. “D CEO profiled Matthews last year. He is behind some of North America’s most impressive projects.” Just be honest with your readers. “Hey, guys, here’s where I got this information. Now I’m going to recast it slightly so that I don’t plagiarize.” Or you know what? Just cut and paste. Put the information in a blockquote. That’s even easier.

Pegasus, which is owned by the Dallas Morning News, ought to publish an apology.