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Katie Couric’s ghost canned

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We now know that Katie Couric does not apparently write all the “commentaries” she reads on the CBS Evening News.

According to your favorite conflicted-of-interest media critic and mine, Howie Kurtz, a CBS producer who wrote a Couric commentary on getting her first library card (how sweet …) lifted part of it from Wall Street Journal columnist Jeffrey Zaslow. CBS fired the producer.

Says Howie:

What made the ripoff especially striking was the personal flavor of a video — now removed from the CBS Web site — that began, “I still remember when I got my first library card, browsing through the stacks for my favorite books.”

That’s what pisses me off. Ms. Couric offers a “personal” commentary – ghosted by a staffer. That’s as offensive a deceit as the staffer’s plagiarism. CBS does not place a “written elsewhere” flag on her “personal” commentaries.

But we can be comforted in the knowledge that, as a CBS spokeswoman says, Ms. Couric “does participate in topic selection.”

How sweet.


Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

April 11, 2007 at 1:27 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Another great post. Good fodder for ethics discussions.


    April 12, 2007 at 3:29 am

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