Local sports radio/TV personality Chris Arnold was busted by Jason Lisk of the The Big Lead blog for blatant plagiarism. Arnold, who is also the Dallas Mavericks’ game night emcee, appears to have ripped off a piece by Scott Kacsmar that ran on a blog called Cold Hard Football Facts. The story Arnold “wrote” for the CBS DFW has already been taken down.
As Lisk pointed out in the story, Arnold made some cosmetic changes to his piece, but basically copy and pasted Kacsmar’s article and slapped his name on it.
Lisk took a few examples from each story and ran the two bits of prose side by side (I highlighted the subtle differences):
ARNOLD: “We know Romo isn’t a bus driver. He has thrown for over 300 yards a total of 41 times and has 51 games with a passer rating over 100.0 (minimum 15 attempts). His 7.94 yards per attempt is the seventh highest in NFL history. He’s not conservative.”
KACSMAR: “We know Romo isn’t a caretaker. He has thrown for 300 yards a total of 40 times and has 48 games with a passer rating over 100.0 (minimum 15 attempts). His 7.94 yards per attempt is the seventh highest in NFL history.”
He made some other examples in his story, but I’d hate to take credit for his work. (See how easy that was, Chris?)
Plagiarism is the journalistic equivalent of being a horse thief in the cowboy world.
Arnold since admitted his sin and apologized to Kacsmar on twitter, and somehow has somehow kept his job.