Further to the issue of plagiarism at CBS, Timothy Noah talks about "The Deeper Fakery of Couric's Plagiarism": But CBS News wronged visitors to its Web site by inviting them to think that the opinions Couric expressed in these commentaries were her own. (...) In fact, however, it is McNamara remembering on Couric's behalf the time she toddled up to the library, filled out a form, and was handed her very own library card. It's a safe counterfeit because every kid gets a library card.
The issue here is that there is more than one plagiarism in the CBS case. The first plagiarism gave the matter traction. McNamara flagrantly plagiarized Jeffrey Zaslow of the Wall Street Journal. The second plagiarism has been largely ignored. Couric passed off as her own memories stuff that was written for her by McNamara. This brings us back to Posner on plagiarism. Of the first plagiarism, one looking at CBS does not expect to be reading stuff from the Wall Street Journal. Of the second plagiarism, does one listening to Couric expect her personal experiences to be written for her by someone else?
See also Katie Couric Must Share Blame in Plagiarism Case, Says Media Ethicist Bob Steele '69: "If we misappropriated the work of someone else, when we plagiarize, we should say that we plagiarized. But the journalist whose name is on it is still responsible." [quote by Steele]
Also: "It is common practice for network anchors to depend on the assistance of producers and writers," notes a story at ABC News.com.
[Further, see attached comment.]