A Crikey investigation has uncovered a series of highly questionable articles published in The Daily Telegraph that appear to borrow -- liberally and in some cases word-for-word -- from reports in other publications. The reports were all penned by Daily Telegraph state political reporter Phil Jacob, who was slapped down on the ABC's Media Watch program two weeks ago for lifting quotes from a report in The Age to illustrate a story about rail commuters. But it appears this wasn't the only time Jacob has lifted copy from stories other than his own. Though most of Jacob's stories appear to be entirely original, Crikey did find a number of examples of lifted copy and quotes, often from international sources and occasionally from the Fairfax press. Crikey contacted Daily Telegraph editor Paul Whittaker as well as News Corporation corporate affairs to ask for an explanation this morning. We were told by a News Corp spinner that Jacob resigned two weeks ago, shortly after the Media Watch story (the spokesman declined to comment on the reason for Jacob's resignation). In one piece on Facebook's IPO, Jacob appears to have borrowed liberally from a Daily Mail story published two days earlier. Six paragraphs appear almost word-for-word in the Mail piece. Here is the Tele's piece:

And here is the Daily Mail's: