NBC News admits to plagiarism — Analysis

Monday was Monday when NBC News issued an apology to its subscribers for 11 pieces it had published in the past year which contained plagiarized passages. The network did not retract the stories, however, but removed the problematic paragraphs and added editors’ notes to them. Comcast’s network did not identify the reporter responsible. However, other outlets weren’t as circumspect.

The 11 articles “contained passages from other news organizations that were used without attribution,”NBC stated in a statement. “In all cases, the passages were not central to the stories, but instead contained supplemental or background material that did not represent original reporting.”

“An editor’s note has been placed on each of the articles, and the passages that were plagiarized have been removed,”NBC also added without naming reporters or revealing the fate of the journalist.

CNN’s Oliver Darcy soon did both, however. “I’m told that NBC discovered this during a routine editing process and launched a review where other instances were discovered,”He tweeted. “The reporter, Teaganne Finn, is no longer with the network.”

Finn was previously a Bloomberg News reporter and was then hired by NBC in June 2021 to report on US politics. She had previously interned for the Washington Post investigations team before joining Bloomberg.

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