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article imageWelcome to the CBS News Plagiarism Scandal, I'm Katie Couric

By Bworms1980     Apr 12, 2007 in Business
Entries on Katie Couric's blog were found to be plagiarized and taken straight from the Wall Street Journal. One producer has been fired and the network is apologizing profusely. So what exactly was copied? What were they thinking?
Jeffrey Zaslow, an editor at the Wall Street Journal found to his surprise that entries in what is know as Katie Couric's Notebook were filled with passages taken from his very own work.
CBS has profusely apologized and says that Couric knew nothing about the plagiarism. CBS said that a producer, who they will not name and who has since been fired, had stolen the work and tried to pass it off as his own.
Katie Couric's Notebook/Journal can be found on her website and the plagiarized pieces were quickly removed from CBS's website after phone called from the Wall Street Journal pointed out the extreme similarities in the pieces. Similarities being that the producer copied so much of Zaslow's work it would only take a glance to realize that there was too much coincidence for it to be a mistake.
CBS said that Couric knew nothing about the work because they are written for her and she simply reads what is handed to her. This bit of information has earned her criticism by The Daily Background blog, Arlen Parsa who feels that Katie Couric is also to blame because she does not handle her own work. It does not help matters that CBS is calling the incident an omission instead of plagiarism.
Comments made by CBS members are that Couric does write some of her own news stories and that like any other show, news or otherwise, the producer is the one who sometimes writes the work.
"The Similarities"
The following is a comparison of Zaslow's blog entries with Couric's:
Jefferey Zaslow: “It’s a last-ditch place to go if they need to find something out.”
Katie Couric: “It’s a last ditch place to go if they need to find something out.”
Jefferey Zaslow: “Sure, there are still library-loving children, but books aren’t necessarily the draw.”
Katie Couric: “Sure, children still like libraries, but books aren’t the draw.”
Jefferey Zaslow: "The library is more removed from their lives. It's a last-ditch place to go if they need to find something out.... They usually turn to Google if they want to research something."
Katie Couric: "For kids today, the library is more removed from their lives. It's a last ditch place to go if they need to find something out. If Goodle doesn't turn it up first."
Jefferey Zaslow: "Many kids, of course, skip the library and head right for the store. Sales of hardcover juvenile books rose 60% from 2002 to 2005."
Katie Couric: "Many kids skip the library altogether and head for the store. Sales of juvenile books rose 60% from 2002 to 2005."
Jefferey Zaslow: "But many tech-savvy kids never experience the library as a place for serendipitous discovery."
Katie Couric: "But many tech-savvy kids never experience the joy of using the library's shelves as a place to discover new worlds."
I can understand that Couric is a little to busy to do a bit of checking before she does a video journal because we all know how hard it can be to type something in a search engine to do a simple check.
But I also wonder about the idiocy of the producer who thought that no one would notice. You work in news, where millions of eyes on your every move.
Even though the internet that has approximately 20 websites or blogs created every second, someone can still do a search and find that someone has stolen their work. For the life of me I cannot understand how this producer would think that as a major nighttime news organization, no one would notice.
Due to the "incident" CBS is now going over all of their Internet files to make their were no other plagiarism's (whoops) I of course mean "omissions.
Sources:
The New York Sun
MSNBC News
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