February 28, 2010

PRESS RELEASE, NEWS STORY, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? “On February 23, ABC TV Channel 7, WTRF News (Wheeling, West Virginia/ Steubenville, Ohio), posted on its website what was originally credited as a story ‘written by’ reporter Bob Westfall. Unfortunately, though, this posting was nothing but a word-for-word re-posting of Democrat Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown’s latest press release. There was little to no difference between Brown’s press release and the ‘story’ as posted on the ABC 7 news site.” Sadly, this isn’t new: In The Appearance of Impropriety, the chapter on plagiarism notes similar incidents. You can read that online here.

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