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Katie Couric producer fired for on-air plagiarism from WSJ

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by KnuteRockne, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. KnuteRockne

    KnuteRockne Member

  2. Mooninite

    Mooninite Member

    Sure the producer gets the ax. What about Couric's shining star is it diminished or is she just insulated for being a talking head?
  3. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    Couric probably had no idea, as it sounds like she's just a talking head; reading whatever comes up on the teleprompter.
  4. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    how fucking stupid do you have to be to think that someone will not notice?
    And in fairness to Couric, she likely has better things to do than research and write little video essays. If I were her, I'd dump it off to an associate producer too.
  5. henryhenry

    henryhenry Member

    do these 'stars' ever do their own work?

    or do they just sit back and let everybody else research and write? that's my impression. katie couric probably can't write her own video essay - i'd bet on it.

    and if katie couric reads a video essay written by an underling, why doesn't she credit the underling? isn't she plagiarizing the underling who wrote it?
  6. Bob Slydell

    Bob Slydell Active Member

    Maybe Dan Rather did the work for her. Just what CBS needed.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry. Did the subject line say the producer was promoted or fired for ripping off something from a newspaper?
  8. boots

    boots New Member

    I must be missing something because TV plagiarizes every day off newspapers.
  9. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    No they don't!
  10. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    The producer in question should be fired, absolutely. There are occasions where you are needed to voice pre-produced intros or features assigned to other people. You must be able to trust those people.

    What concerns me here about Couric is that this is something she puts her face on. It's incredibly careless of her to be so cavalier about researching something she is fronting. That's just wrong, and it's why such a horrible breach can happen. Ultimately, you are responsible for what you put your name on.

    Then again, there's nothing like a TV screw-up that makes the last virgins of journalism -- print reporters -- happy.
  11. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    Elliotte, there are never any plagiarism scandals in the print ranks.
  12. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    What cracks me up about this whole thing -- this was for "Katie Couric's Notebook," which is a 45-second thing the network feeds out to its affiliates for air on the local news. It's supposed to be Katie's personal take on news of the day, or some other little personal musing. Needless to say, it doesn't appear that Katie's musings are really all that personal. (Not that it comes as much of a surprise -- there have been days when Katie is running late, or on assignment, or whatever, and CBS feeds out Russ Mitchell's Notebook instead... and then they'll send out an advisory that Katie is back, and they'll re-feed the notebook segment with Katie reading word-for-word what was sent out by Russ Mitchell earlier.)

    And for what it's worth, a lot of the stars write their own copy or at least do a heavy re-write. Last I heard, the Sportscenter anchors scripted virtually everything themselves. (It could clearly be argued that that is not a good thing.) Keep in mind, they also have a hell of a lot of promos and teases to tape, and other demands on their time. On the local level anchors often have so much other crap they have to do before a newscast that they have barely read the scripts before they go on.
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