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May 18th, 2014
01:17 PM ET

A case of plagiarism at CNN

Above: Brian Stelter on the troubling case of a CNN editor who was fired after evidence of plagiarism was discovered in about 50 of her stories.

Here's what Stelter said:

You would think, in this age of Google, that no reporter would ever dare to steal sentences from other sources!

But I'm sorry to say it recently happened here at CNN. On Friday morning, the editors in charge of CNN's Web site published this very unusual editor's note about a shocking case of plagiarism. They said that one of the news editors they employed in London named Marie-Louise Gumuchian used other writers' words without attribution in 50 stories, and maybe more. The investigation is going.

CNN terminated her when it found out. And now the place where she previously worked, Reuters, says it is also reviewing her stories from back then, looking for more possible instances of plagiarism.

CNN only discovered the plagiarism during routine editing of one of her stories. Then searches turned up more and more examples. Now all the stories have been corrected and some have been deleted altogether.

You know, writers love to tangle with their editors - I do it on a near-daily basis! - but this case, this very rare case, shows how important editors are to the process. What an outrageous story.


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What we're reading this week...
November 7th, 2013
03:24 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN

'Reliable Sources' is glad to welcome back NPR tv critic Eric Deggans as our guest host this week. We've got a busy show planned for Sunday, but in the meantime, check out these other media stories that caught our eye this week:

'Your Late Fees Are Waived: Blockbuster Closes'  It's the end of an era for Blockbuster, which announced this week that it would be closing all remaining U.S. stores. And it didn't take long for movie renters of the 1980/90's to start cracking jokes on Twitter about not having to pay late fees in the wake of the announcement. "Yes! All the Blockbuster Video Stores are closing! That means they'll never get back that VHS tape of Vampire In Brooklyn. I won!" added actor and comedian Paul Scheer. Not to be outdone, 'he New York Times reported the news with a reference to the 1979 hit from the Buggles with the headline, "Internet Kills the Video Store."

'Stephen Glass' California bar admission to be decided in court'  Disgraced reporter Stephen Glass became infamous across media circles in the late 1990's after it was revealed that he had plagiarized dozens of articles, complete with fake sources and websites, while working at The New Republic. Since then, he 's received his law degree from Georgetown University and passed California's state bar exam- now, he's back in the spotlight as the state's Supreme Court weighs whether or not to grant Glass the credentials to practice law in the state.  The issue raises significant ethics questions for legal/media analysts, some who argue that Glass has proven his law capabilities while others point to his journalistic transgressions as a permanent stain on his record.

'Wait for it- Norway's Slow TV Revolution'  Want to watch people knitting on tv? Norway has you covered. This week, Grantland blogger Tess Lynch highlights Norway's 'Slow TV' genre, which included 'National Knitting Evening' last week via NRK, the country's public tv company. And if you think people aren't interested, you'd be wrong, as more than 1 million viewers tuned in for this particular 4 hour slow tv viewing session. In an ever fast-paced media world that places a premium on disseminating news quickly, it appears Norway is taking the opposite approach – and it's starting to resonate with consumers. 

'Matt Lauer, Al Roker have live prostate exams on 'TODAY"  Viewers tuning into NBC's Today Show on Thursday got up close and personal with the show's male co-hosts this morning. In an effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer/preventative screenings, both Matt Lauer and Al Roker underwent prostate exams live on the show. The procedures took a mere 35 seconds and afterwards, doctors weighed in on the prognosis and follow up for each anchor.

August 5th, 2012
11:17 AM ET

Exposing a Journalistic Liar

Howard Kurtz talks to Michael Moynihan about his piece in Tablet, which unearths Jonah Lehrer's lies.

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