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The reporter, the resignation and Trinity Mirror

Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it! That’s an old saying that rings true for Adam Smith – no, not the economist famed and immortalised by an institute but by a reporter for the Birmingham Mail, who made a spectacular blunder.

It was only after seeing the historic win by Barack Obama that friends told him to check YouTube last week, when he saw his drunkard resignation speech, recorded by a Dutch tourist.


The video shows Mr Smith leaning against railings, trying to send an e-mail.

Mr Smith says: “As an ill-advised promise, I’ve decided to say to my paper back home that I’d write about the American election. I wanted to be here because I’m here for history… The trouble is, the readers are going to get my version of history. And I’m just a little pissed.”


Clearly drunk, he continues by admitting plagiarism (taking credit for work that’s not yours) by admitting he lifted a story from the BBC – which has since been withdrawn – then gives a two finger salute to his employers and adds: “My name is Adam Smith…who has just resigned from the Birmingham Post and the Birmingham Sunday Mercury, to set up my own magazine…Fuck you.”

Mr Smith, along with 65 other employees, is thought to have accepted a redundancy package and is due to leave their employment by the end of the week.


Now however he could be left without a redundancy package, thanks to his red-faced rant, which has forced Trinity Mirror, the parent company behind the Birmingham Mail, to deny plagiarism.

Ironically, Mr Smith is now on YouTube, trying to rectify the situation. Clearly embarrassed and stone cold sober, he states: “I was off duty, I am on official holiday working at the South Beach Miami Barack Obama campaign where I had just done an 18-hour shift trying to make the world a better place.


He goes on by adding: “Please check every BBC News outlet and see if I have cut and pasted anything. I have not, it was a joke and should be taken in the spirit it was said.”

Needless to say, Mr Smith wasn’t available for comment about his 15 minutes of fame so it was left to the editor of the Birmingham Mail, Steve Dyson, to diplomatically state: “This is an internal matter, we cannot discuss it.”


November 11, 2008 Posted by | Andria - Home Current Affairs | , | 1 Comment