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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