Chris Arnold Back on the Air at 105.3 The Fan After Plagiarism Episode
Chris Arnold has been uncharacteristically quiet. A usually prolific tweeter his account has been dormant for 10 days, and his voice has been missing from The GBag Nation, the midday show he co-hosts on 105.3 The Fan.
CBS Radio hasn't commented publicly on Arnold's absence, but it's no accident that it came immediately after he was caught shamelessly plagiarizing a lengthy piece on Tony Romo.
This wasn't a case where he borrowed a phrase or two and forgot to throw in proper attribution. He cribbed entire paragraphs, more than a dozen, but who's counting? (Answer: Scott Kacsmar, the freelance football writer who penned the original post.)
CBS hasn't exactly cracked the whip. Best we can tell, Arnold's punishment for blatantly stealing the work of another writer and passing it off as his own is a week's vacation. He's back on the air today with the rest of the GBaggers.
Recently departed Fan host Richie Whitt predicted as much last week
"Easy for anyone with a journalism background to call for his firing...But this again proves that sports radio is more about entertainment than information," Whitt writes. "At a newspaper, Chris would be fired. On the radio, he gets a slap on the wrist."
So far at least, the public response from Arnold has consisted of a handful of tweets buttering Kacsmar up ("u sir, are greatness") and inviting him on the radio "to give your your props." The Fan has merely pulled the offending article from the CBS website.
A public admission of guilt and apology is probably in order. Giving Kacsmar Arnold's salary for the week he sat out would be a noble gesture as well.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Observer's biggest stories.
- Bring It On: Dallas City Council Votes to Ban Exxxotica Porn Convention
Sat., Feb. 13, 7:00pm
Sat., Feb. 13, 9:00pm
University of North Texas Mean Green Mens Basketball vs. Florida International University Golden PanthersThu., Feb. 18, 7:00pm
Fri., Feb. 19, 7:00pm
- Ray Hunt's Fighting Against Porn. His Dad Fought Against Monogamy, Kennedy and Catholics.
- Ross Perot’s Former Campaign Manager’s Advice to Presidential Candidate Bloomberg