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Another black eye for CBS (pun intended)
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, April 11, 2007

CBS's credibility problems continue:
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.
Apparently, according to CBS News spokeswoman Sandra Genelius, the piece produced was almost a verbatim lift from the WSJ article.

Which raises the question - if you're a producer at CBS News and you do something like that, how in the world do you think it is going to escape notice? It boggles the mind. Is it the culture at CBS or is this just another 'anomaly'?

 
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Best line on this bit of kerfuffle so far comes from Don Surber:
CBS News apologized for the plagiarized passages yesterday and said the commentary had been written by a network producer who has since been fired.
So let me get this straight, she is too lazy to even do her own plagiarism. She has to hire someone else to plagiarize for her.
 
Written By: MichaelW
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Surber’s got this one nailed, I think.
We’re assuming that the producer is really to blame. Wasn’t it ’the producer’ who got the blame for Rather’s misdeeds?

 
Written By: Bithead
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So, CBS’s official line is, the producer plagiarized, and she lied about her past to get ratings.
Unless, that is, the same basic thoughts ran through her own head as she got her first library card, so it’s a "fake but accurate" childhood reminiscence.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
There’s a chance that they both got their first library cards at the same library, and there’s some kind of mental impression generating ray that’s beamed into the recipients of the cards. It’s possible that everyone who went to that library has the same childhood recollection.

It can happen, right?
 
Written By: steverino
URL: http://steverino.journalspace.com/
Guys - do you think all the anchors write their own stuff? Geez ... they’re exactly what the Brits call theirs, "news readers". They may have an initial idea, but someone else writes it (and then it goes through an editing process, etc.).

They’re no different than your average run of the mill politician. They get credit for the words they read, but for most of them, they haven’t written a speech in years.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
Guys - do you think all the anchors write their own stuff? Geez ... they’re exactly what the Brits call theirs, "news readers". They may have an initial idea, but someone else writes it (and then it goes through an editing process, etc.)
Yeah, I guess I am/was under that mis-impression. Wasn’t Rather a reporter? Brokaw? Jennings? I see Peter Williams dressed in a flak jacket in Iraq. Is he not a reporter?

And if they aren’t doing their own reporting, then why in he11 don’t they just put on some really hot "news readers" like Melissa Theuriau?

Seriously. We’re getting screwed. Crappy biased news and ugly anchors.
 
Written By: MichaelW
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
Guys - do you think all the anchors write their own stuff?
There was a time when New Anchors did write most of what they read on the air. Chet Huntly, David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings and most of the old time anchors did write most of their own scripts and edited the rest. They came from the newspaper tradition of excellent writing. The Edward R. Murrow generation are long gone, their replacements are a pale shadow of the past.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
URL: http://faroutfishfiles.blogspot.com/
Which raises the question - if you’re a producer at CBS News and you do something like that, how in the world do you think it is going to escape notice? It boggles the mind. Is it the culture at CBS or is this just another ’anomaly’?
Actually, the REAL question is, if you think it’s acceptable to do something like that, just how did you rise to that position at CBS in the first place???
 
Written By: shark
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Oh, I can’t stay mad at Katie.....she’s just so cute and perky!
 
Written By: shark
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Oh, I can’t stay mad at Katie.....she’s just so cute and perky!
If you want ‘cute and perky’ try “Girls Gone Wild” there a lot of ‘perky’ there.

 
Written By: James E. Fish
URL: http://faroutfishfiles.blogspot.com/
Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here

I just have to look good, I don’t have to be clear
When CBS hired Couric, it was clear that they were oblivious to their own death spiral. They needed someone sober and objective. They got someone perky and left-liberal.

I think this plagarism problem stemmed from the fact that those with ability and integrity have rotated out of CBS to other organizations since the Rathergate debacle. Anyone with a trace of objectivity could see that the internal investigation wasn’t intended to get to the truth and actually fix CBS. It was intended as damage control for the short term.

Now if they had just had the guts to do the right thing....
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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"Guys - do you think all the anchors write their own stuff?"
When they go on the air talking about their own memories, then there simply is no other reasonable way to do it.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php
When they go on the air talking about their own memories, then there simply is no other reasonable way to do it.
And of course, that wouldn’t or couldn’t have been done verbally with the producer who was then charged with writing it up and adding enough ’filler’ (thank you WSJ) to give the piece the proper length, could it?

Even Dan Rather admitted he didn’t write up the Bush thing. He just bought into it.

They’re talking heads, Billy. News readers.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog

 
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