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Wow, it's totally plagiarism and it is totally unacceptable. I'm setting up an account at NPR just to comment.

Please let us know what comes of this. So far I've only seen @cinebeth's bitchy comments--you'd think she'd show more remorse. I hope that NPR removes her "article" from the site.

There's a reason you get *KICKED OUT* of college and graduate schools for plagiarism: it's a big deal, and if you don't nip it when caught, it'll keep happening. Who knows who else she has "reappropriated" in the past, or from whom she will steal in the future, if this is not addressed? Good grief!


This is plagiarism simple. She used your intellectual property and she based her article on it completely. I saw her response to you on Twitter. What an idiot! Her response that other people besides have noticed phones going dead in horror flicks is not a valid argument for ripping off content. So? Have these people she is speaking of made a supercut? wrote an article? dissertation? NO. I notice things in movies all the freaking time, but that doesn't mean that I can steal something someone else made and say, well, I saw it too, you know. And not only is it lame she said her editor cut the reference to you, they are obligated to do so. Sorry for the rambling, stuff like this gets me angry!! Hope you feel better.


This kind of shoddiness is a hallmark of All Things Considered, but I expected more of Morning Edition. I wrote in with a strongly worded letter on Rich's behalf.

i just checked and credit is given to you now :D
shame that it wasnt just given to you initially


Sorry to ask if this is already been made clear elsewhere, but...err....what exactly happened?

Did she put the video up with the story and not credit Rich for the video and try to pass it off as her own or did the story never include the video in the first place or...?

(Not hating at all. Genuinely want to understand how it all unfolded. Team Rich all the way!)


She could have at least said she got the initial burst to write the piece from your video/blog etc. She didn't, thus she plagiarized and forgot to give heads up until after the fact.

And since you did a supercut video, you deserve extra brownie points! Her article is bland and uninteresting while your video is hilarious and made me remember several horror films I need to put on my watch list. ;)


Erin - basically, she made the same points verbally that Rich made visually in his supercut video, without mentioning him. At all. Anywhere. It's like doing a rip-off PowerPoint version of someone's award-winning talk without crediting the original speaker, or even acknowledging their existence.

In any case, what shitty, shitty practice. One ALWAYS credits one's sources, whether one's a journalist, a scholar, or a blogger. (In my class, there would be a nice fat F all over her presentation.)


Yes, it's fucking plagiarism. I was just on the receiving end of a plagiarism incident, so I a sympathize with how frustrating it is especially when someone gets away with something so obvious.

Miss Lisa

The NPR story now links to this post, instead of to your original "No Signal" post. Yet there is no apology or mention of the entire subject of this post on their site. I can't decide if they're clueless, lazy, or just really journalistically fucked up. Perhaps a combination of all.

Great video, btw. I had no idea "Open Water 2" existed (you'd think boat safety could be learned). Your horror-movie stamina and editing skills are to be commended, not plagarized.


Thanks for clarifying, Rana!

I saw Open Water 2. I hate myself that much, apparently.


There is a big difference between something of yours being reposted online and a national news organization taking your idea and making a story out of it with no credit. The former? Laws of the interwebs. The latter? Plagarism, hands down.


Apparently this has been happening a lot in the YA book blog community. It really sucks!


I wrote Accomando an email. I got a pretty long pre-written response that was really unapologetic and stank.

Vanessa M

Since she's an NPR person and I love them so very much, I give her the benefit of the doubt and say she's not horrible but she DID fuck up. I subscribe to their pop culture podcast so I betcha this turns up next week.

(then again, I don't follow you on Twitter-because I refuse to join the revolution-but maybe I need to see what's up re: her defensive comments.)

You know what's funny is I heard an NPR story a few days ago and thought "Hey, I read something almost verbatim to this a few months ago." Now I have to dig back thru my memory and investigate the shit.


Partake in some Interweb shaming Rich. Go post this on Jez and send the jezzies after her.


Dear Rich Juzwiak,

You are not complaining. You have every right to be as angry as anything in the world EVER! Because they robbed you. Dude fuck them, when I started reading this article my jaw dropped. Cannot believe it. What assholes. Make shit happen RICH JUZWIAK don't take their guff!!!!!!! LIKE NEWSIES


yo when she said "you're not the first person to notice cell phone disabling" you should have said, "hey, and you're not the second!"

Mark Stencel

@Rich, re: "So that's nice and fair. We're all figuring out this media stuff together."

I appreciate that, Rich, as well as the comments we received alerting us to attribution issues. Appearance is everything, so I understand the angry comments posted here. The reality of these kinds of omissions is often much more lame than people would care to know. So I would encourage you to give Beth Accomando the benefit of the doubt. The missing credit under Rich's video was entirely an editing oversight, for instance. And her Cinema Junkie blog over on the KPBS Web site ( is well worth your time. Beth certainly is not deserving of some of the comments I have read here. Feel free to send those my way since our errors were a team effort, as is often the case in journalism.

Once again, Rich, my apologies.


Mr. Stencel,

Her original story may not have been fully worthy of some of these comments, but her subsequent reaction to this firestorm has proven her to be. I included mention of that in my letter to the ombudsman.

White Chocolate

Props to you for making the vid. Props to NPR for at least correcting their mistake.



Never heard of this Beth Accomando person, but given her response to this I can't help but think she is not just a plagiarist but a really bitchy plagiarist. Girl, bye.


I don't think I have seen this particular supercut, but when I heard the story, I thought, "that sounds like something Rich would do." Glad to hear you have been credited.


I guess it's nice that NPR is giving Rich credit now, but the excuse that she couldn't find out who made the video is fucking weak. Basically that means you're either really fucking stupid, or really fucking lazy, neither of which is much better than just admitting to being unoriginal. So instead of just being known as a writer that plagiarizes others work, Beth can be known as someone that's too dumb to know how follow a link from a YouTube profile. Nice damage control!


This gets my blood up and not in the good way.
Keep on fucking that chicken, Mr. J!!

Yup, it's bullshit. Of course coincidence/unintentional overlap of ideas is possible when you're talking about pop culture, but this writer knew about the video & didn't bother to give credit.

I've taught college students before & I must say, I don't understand the mentality of people who plagiarize, when they could just cite their source, get credit for knowing what's already been said about their topic, & produce (as Wiggs pointed out above) a BETTER finished product. There's no rule against quoting/summarizing/linking to someone else's work, but you have to give credit.

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