I’ll admit upfront that this isn’t really an earth-shattering story, but it’s worth pointing out that even major public figures in the mainstream media can be guilty of copyright infringement and plagiarism. CBS fired the (apparently) guilty producer, but I don’t think that’s enough- Couric should run a correction and apology, and CBS should probably be forced to fork over some coin to the WSJ for stealing their material.
This is even sillier becuase it’s a puff piece with no real informative value. News Flash: libraries have DVDs and kids check them out. Why should I care at all? How is this so relevant and interesting that not only did the WSJ run an article about it, but CBS thought it was worth stealing so that they could run stories about it too?
Here’s a thought for the newsrooms of America’s major media organizations: instead of spoonfeeding your viewers cotton-candy versions of the current events, why not report on something that’s actually interesting, important, and affecting all of our lives. Like, say, the Bush administration failing to prosecute white-collar criminals becuase they’re more interested in spying on honest Americans and torturing brown people.