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Leslie J

Vindication! I was listening to NPR this morning and they gave you credit. Sweet internet justice!


Heard the story on NPR this morning. The reporter seemed very annoyed. I'm sure there is an intern in big trouble somewhere!


They should have credited you from the get go. Funny thing, I listen to NPR, read Salon daily, and check FourFour often, but mostly for the ANTM updates, and I have never been a fan of horror. Pop culturally, I am a mess.

NPR should hire you...


Ha, I actually come here to figure out what was going on - I heard Rich referenced on NPR when I was half-asleep this morning and couldn't figure out if I had dreamed it.


man fuck that bitch


I hate like hell to be that woman, especially to you, because I adore you and the cats and Pot Psych and on and on and on on and on you don't stop rockin' 'til the break of dawn and have for a long time.

BUT - the Salon article quotes you as saying "I would be a pussy if I stood for it." This female fan would love it if you could find another word for how you'd feel, and wishes everyone would stop equating parts of women with unwillingness/inability/
not deserving to stand up for one's self.

(For the record, I also ask that people not refer to things that they don't like/are afraid to be associated with as "gay".)


I'm a huge NPR nerd and a huge fourfour nerd, so this pains me. But another update--on today's Morning Edition, they did state that you should have been credited in the original wasn't as groveling as it should have been, but it was what prompted me to make sure I visited your blog today. Sorry, Rich. That smarts.


Ah, NPR...that great bastion of plagiarism. I have some of my own stories to tell around the campfire from my own court experiences with one of the high deities of NPR (who, unfortunately, has since moved to New York from Chicago; thankfully, he rarely ventures Brooklyn-ways, so I dread espying him only when commuting to my Midtown day job). Look, I'm a nerdy, devoted viewer of CBS Sunday Morning, which arguably is 20-plus years behind anything that even NPR reporters can "glean" a/k/a plagiarize from other non-NPR staff writers. The difference therein is that CBS Sunday Morning resists any temptation to plagiarize, even when their cover stories are relegated to "the cupcake trend", "MP3s" or the invention of the "wheel" in terms of time constraints. NPR writers and producers? Hmm...not so much.

I suppose my question to NPR, given your brilliance and incredible talent, is what took you so long to plagiarize you? Jerks.


Glad to see that you're getting some credit now, even if belatedly so. My email to her, and her response (verbatim, I just omitted my email address).

In my original script I mentioned the video but my editor deleted the
reference as she cut for time. I came up with the feature BEFORE I saw
Juwiak's video. In fact I first raised the idea in July 2009 after a piece I
did on Comic-Con for NPR and was steeped in horror films.

I did use some of the same clips but I also pulled clips of my own,
interviewed horror fans, and wrote copy to to bridge all the material. I
agree that there are similarities between our pieces but these are the
similarities that come from critiquing cliches that are so overused that
they drive horror fans crazy. His video was posted on the NPR site for
people to view. I don't know if there is a better way to credit him for the
video there. I only create the audio elements that air not the web version
of the story.

As I critic who has been writing reviews for more than two decades, I have
referred to the cell phone disabling scene in multiple reviews well before
2009. So again it is not really an original notion.

At this point I can do nothing to make any changes. The audio feature has
already aired. All I can do is what I have already done which is to pass on
comments to my editor.

As both an audio and video editor, I appreciate the work Juwiak put into his
piece but his montage of existing clips is not identical to what I did. We
both highlighted and poked fun at the same horror cliché. I'm sorry you feel
that my work is not original but it was created out of my own frustration
and amusement with this cliché. If the piece had been allowed to run longer,
it would have included more of the fan interviews, which would have
broadened the scope of my piece. But in cutting it down to just over three
minutes, it focused more narrowly on the clips rather than on my commentary.

I hope that addresses some of your complaints.


On 5/5/10 8:50 PM,> wrote:

Dear Beth--
Please correct your oversight and give credit to Rich Juzwiak for the "In
Horror Flicks, The Cell Phone Always Dies First" montage.

It bears unfortunately striking similarities to Rich's montage, posted on
YouTube on 9/22/09.

thank you


It's not like she ripped the video from some under the radar blog. I know many people who read this and know who Rich is. Calling yourself a journalist and not being able to "track down" the creator of a video is lame.


Hey. Listened to NPR the day after the report and they made sure to give you credit on air in their corrections/comments segment they do each week. It's not much, but it's something.


I am a high school English teacher. I *know* plagarism. Accomando is the worst kind of plagarist: one who knows how to avoid plagarism, but can't be bothered to take the necessary steps to avoid a journalistic crime.

Sorry this happened to you, Rich.


This sucks. I always credit your work whenever I post links to your hilarious blog posts or YouTube montages. I am really disappointed in NPR & hope they give credit where credit is due in the future. Also, I agree that she should've interviewed you in the piece to begin with! You would've been awesome.

Vanessa M

Look at that Salon piece! Credit achieved (alas, NPR is still too defensive to suit me. Boo.)

This quote will be my new mantra:

I just think it's bullshit, and I would be a pussy if I stood for it.


I heard the original piece and said "hmmmm...sounds familiar" and assumed it was like the Didn't Come to Make Friends piece you did. This Wednesday I was listening on my way home from work and actually heard an apology piece giving you full credit for your work. I didn't realize there was a kerfuffle going on but I did recognize your work in the first place!! I'm glad she got caught and I'm glad they addressed it. I love my little WAMC/NPR station and couldn't stand the thought that they would allow one of their people to be so blatantly thievish. Whew!!


I heard about what happened, and I just wanted to let you know that you have my support. This kind of thing happens between journalists also.

Each time I write a commentary for a high-circulation newspaper in the UK, people I consider colleagues suddenly have the same idea and publish something similar a few days or a week later. A few have even taken paragraphs, rearranged the words minimally and gave no credit.

Whenever my editor, readers and I filed a formal ethics complaint, the offender received a warning and was allowed to continue working with pay. Same thing happened when the same offender did it again. I've thought about leaving journalism quite a few times in the past year because of it.

I am not "allowed" to publicly name and shame, however. I've been advised that this could backfire on my career. So unfortunately, these people get away with it.

Truth Seeker

Too bad NPR has STILL not owned up to its 2004 reporting scandal regarding a, so called, "new invention" that really wasn't so new!

Listen here:

Those of you mad about the above case, might want to do a little more digging into the, so called "gyro-gen" (also not an original name) and where THAT idea originally came from! The reason NPR wasn't anxious to quickly correct the inaccuracies and fabrications within that story and why it doesn't want to go back to it - still today - may have to do with their very "cozy" relationship with the very big company behind the "story", the fact that there are some potentially severe legal consequences for their failure to promptly correct the various claims made in that story AND maybe because it was just such a "nice story" about young and raising talent.

Yes, I think there are many journalists, editors and those in management at NPR (ABC News and some other places) that really have very little journalistic integrity left. Their main concern today seems to be the bottom line and keeping their audiences happy (with, at least some, happy stories on occasion).

Truth Seeker


I think you should post a copy of your above comments to the Ombudsman's site at NPR at (since they clearly relate to questions, brought by a journalist, about journalism ethics - a supposed specialty of this Ombudsman). Also, you should do so within a few days because I understand that comments close early there now (a new "improvement" at NPR?).

Also, if you are still planning on staying in journalism, you might want to investigate and report on the 2004 incident I mentioned above and NPR's and especially ABC's role in it (ABC also still maintains a "cozy" relationship with the company behind that 2004 "story"). You never know, it might turn into a a pretty big scoop! Certainly, something "funny" happened in 2004, anyway!


Sara Sarasohn (and any another other plagiarist/plagiarist enabler or sympathizer) should be banned from using any variation of the word "original" in much the same way Sarah Palin should have been shot for ever using "maverick." It's disgusting how unoriginal people try to market and reinvent themselves as the exact opposite. They're just stupid, stagnating has-beens who aren't fooling anyone . . .

FAP Turbo

plagiarism is where you write word for word what someone esle has written and you do not give them credit for it. the best way around that is when you write put it in you own words and do an it text citation of where you got your information and have a referece at the end putting it in either mla or apa style for the correct format. and yes if you paraphrase somethinfg you still need to cite it if not that is a type of plagerism. i hope this helps.

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According to YourDictionary, plagiarism is defined as “copying or stealing someone else’s words or ideas and claiming or presenting them as if they were your own.

Scott L.

Check out her FB Wall. She's all kinds of annoying. Yes, I went there.

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