The Easter Thursday Knucklehead Festival Part Two
Our second winners today are CBS News and Katie Couric. They get the award for the following.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric may vividly recall her first library card, but the network says she was unaware that her online video essay about the virtues of libraries was largely a work of plagiarism.A very embarassing episode for this once respected news source. The plagiarism is bad enough, but now Couric comes off as being a complete phony. I hardly watch the evening news any more, and if the television ratings are accurate, the number of Americans who do are dwindling with every passing year.
CBS News said this week the April 4 installment of "Katie Couric's Notebook" consisted mostly of passages lifted verbatim from a Wall Street Journal column by Jeffrey Zaslow that was published in March.
The producer responsible for Couric's piece was fired on Monday night, hours after the Journal contacted CBS News to complain, network spokeswoman Sandy Genelius said on Tuesday.
The essay was immediately removed from the CBS News Web site, and a correction was posted in its place. The network did not identify the producer who was fired.
Although the text for the minute-long video was written in first person -- introduced by Couric with the line, "I still remember when I got my first library card" -- Couric did not compose the piece herself and was unaware that much of it was plagiarized, Genelius said.
For once again tarnishing the television news business, CBS News and Katie Couric are our second Knucklehead winners of the Day.
Also blogging on this news- Kevin at Wizbang,
Linked to- Jo, Pirate's Cove, Third World County,