April 11, 2007

HOWARD KURTZ: “Katie Couric did a one-minute commentary last week on the joys of getting her first library card, but the thoughts were less than original. The piece was substantially lifted from a Wall Street Journal column. 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 Katie didn’t plagiarize, because the piece that appeared under her name was actually written by someone else, not her! “Genelius said it is ‘very common’ for the first-person commentaries to be put together by staffers without Couric’s being involved in the writing, but that she does participate in topic selection.”

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