Chris Arnold of 105.3 The Fan and CBS Fort Worth committed one of the most blatant acts of plagiarism recently seen in sports media. Arnold lifted nearly an entire article on Tony Romo from a Football Outsiders writer.
Surely Arnold was disciplined and removed from his post for committing one of the worst crimes in journalism, right? Not quite. Arnold received a suspension which lasted all of one week according to Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News. He's set to resume his regular duties this week.
Is this how we should treat plagiarizers? Is this the message we should be teaching to aspiring journalists?
We've seen plenty of plagiarism incidents over the years. Few are as obvious as the one committed by Arnold. Usually writers change a few words or at least add in some of their own thoughts to mask the fact the bulk of the content has been stolen. In Arnold's case, he didn't even bother hiding the fact that he was wearing out the copy/paste function on his computer.
When he was busted for plagiarism by the original author, Arnold backed off and claimed he enjoyed the author's work. Apparently not enough to actually cite a source or give credit where it was due. He clearly failed to realize that what he was doing was a big no-no. Maybe he just knew that his employers wouldn't take it seriously.
Does Arnold's punishment fit the crime? One week off sounds like more of a vacation than a punishment for stealing the work of others. The punishment does little to detract Arnold from doing similar things in the future and it conveys an ugly message to aspiring journalists that plagiarism isn't that big of a deal.
I agree wholeheartedly, and I would DM you somehow if I could, but you might want to change "writers" to "writer" in the first paragraph. It's an important article, or I, of all people, would not bother you about a typo.
Not a shocking decision from the guys that essentially plagiarize The Ticket and their formula for success. Fortunately, re-treads and talentless personalities preclude the station from remotely threatening the Original.
that's pathetic and gutless. It's not just that he plagiarized but his reaction afterwards of denying it and trying to cozy up to make it right that really showed he was either a scumbag or just insanely incompetent. I'm hoping they are just allowing him to stay until some contract ends in the near future. If he's there long term, CBS FW loses a LOT of credibility.
Yes.....good punishment. Enough of firing that society cries for.......it's not worth killing a career over.
No, He should of been fired! What do you expect from the #3 sports talk channel. 1310 the Ticket and ESPN Dallas are so much better stations.
There's no way he failed to realize that what he was doing was wrong. Journalists don't fail to realize plagiarism when they see it, or when they commit the act. Plagiarism is, like, day two in journalism school. Most would be expelled if they committed the act in school, and any "professional" should be fired for doing the same because your credibility is shot.
one week suspension? is this for real? He should be fired and blackballed. Plagiarism in the field is the cardinal sin..just like betting on baseball.
"People die eventually , so murder is no big deal"
Are you chris stealing an identity now and shilling for your job & rep?
Society doesn't have a problem with being too punitive . It is exactly the opposite . The problem is a lack of accountability .