An ESPNews anchor has been suspended indefinitely for lifting work from another media outlet. Kevin Ding of the OC Register wrote that three sentences from a Lakers preview he had written earlier this week were repeated almost verbatim by ESPNews anchor Will Selva.
Selva, who anchored the overnight “Highlight Express,” which repeated through the morning, used Ding’s sentences virtually verbatim to set up the game highlights. In a statement issued by ESPN, Selva said he had been researching stories from local newspapers, and came across Ding’s column. Selva said he cut and pasted the story into his script, but forgot to write his own words.
“I made a horrible mistake and I’m deeply sorry. I did not live up to my high standards or ESPN’s,” Selva said in the statement. “I sincerely apologize for my sloppiness, especially to Kevin Ding, viewers and colleagues. In my 15 years in broadcast journalism, nothing like this has ever happened and I will make every effort to ensure it won’t happen again.”
Ding made his case on his own blog and saw retribution delivered in a matter of days; if he hadn’t been able to make his case on the internet, Selva might not have been punished at all. So the next time you complain about all of that spyware and mature porn, just remember that the internet can be a bastion of justice as well. Now excuse me while I put on some pants.