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You mean she doesn't write those herself?

This doesn’t really have anything to do with books, but it is tangentially related to libraries, and it’s definitely related to plagiarism, so I’m going to go ahead. From the Associated Press (“CBS News Fires Producer for Plagiarism“):

NEW YORK (AP) – A CBS News producer was fired and the network apologized after a Katie Couric video essay on libraries was found to be plagiarized from The Wall Street Journal. The essay was removed from the CBS Web site and an editor’s note was posted saying the item should have credited Jeffrey Zaslow of the Journal, the network said Tuesday.

The essays are carried regularly on “Couric & Co.,” the anchor’s blog on the CBS News Web site. Couric and producers meet once a week to decide on topics and the producers write them for Couric to read on camera.

An editor for The Wall Street Journal called CBS News to point out the similarities of the April 4 notebook item to Zaslow’s article, headlined “Of the Places You’ll Go, Is the Library Still One of Them?” The pieces talk about how libraries are seen differently by children from their parents. 

I’m not one to engage in knee-jerk bashing of the mainstream media, but — wow! Maybe the guilty producer thought that journalistic ethics didn’t apply to blogging? Or, more likely, they thought that no one was bothering to read — I mean watch — the Couric and Co. blog?

I’ll bet the producer paid for notes and term papers in J-school, too.

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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  1. Keir says:

    Timothy Noah has worthy further thoughts on Slate (“The Deeper Fakery of Couric’s Plagiarism“).

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