Fake essay services banned by Google

The BBC reports that Google will no longer accept advertising on its AdWords system from providers of academic essays. You’ve probably seen some of the ads. Why bother to write that paper, when you can browse a library of existing papers and make the purchase online? [Heck, why not go all the way and just […]

Guardian silent on plagiarism question

It’s amazing how unresponsive some media organizations can become when they are called to account. A case in point is a British website, guardian.co.uk, the online edition of the Guardian newspaper. A few weeks ago, I noticed that a column by one of its media commentators, Rory O’Connor, sounded familiar. So I checked into it. Sure enough, […]

CBS still covering up

Katie Couric’s podcast commentary on Barack Obama [“Is America ready to elect a president who grew up praying in a mosque?”] has been removed from CBSnews.com and replaced by an extensively edited text-only version that highlights new wording while giving no indication of what was removed. [jadegreen, however, compares the edited commentary with the original […]

CBS bungles the Couric plagiarism case

Three days ago, I commented that CBS appeared to be trying to sweep the Katie Couric broadcast/podcast incident under the carpet. We now know more of the story, and it again calls into question the ethical standards at CBS, coming in the same week as the company’s obvious reluctance to fire shock jock Don Imus despite his having made racist/sexist insults […]

CBS under cloud after pulling Couric podcast

CBSnews.com has pulled the April 4 edition of a daily video podcast by its very high profile news anchor Katie Couric, under circumstances that have to raise eyebrows. CBS says there was an “omission” in failing to acknowledge that “much of the material” in Katie’s Notebook came from a column by Jeffrey Zaslow in the Wall […]