I got back to my hotel room late Tuesday night after the Lakers-Spurs game and turned on ESPNEWS’ “Highlight Express” show. Imagine my shock when anchor Will Selva proceeded to use the first several paragraphs of my column looking forward to the game as his lead-in to the highlights.Here's video of Selva's segment, posted on Mediaite.com. The good news is that Selva has issued an apology for ripping the Christmas-themed lead from Ding. Here's the apology, again via OCRegister.com.
“I made a horrible mistake and I’m deeply sorry. I did not live up to my high standards or ESPN’s. As I often do, I research local stories to use as background for writing my script. In this case, I cut and pasted the story with every intention of writing my own. I simply forgot and I completely understand why this is a major problem. 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.”Many times during my blogging career, I've thought to myself, "Abraham Lincoln could make this point so much more forcefully. Maybe I should dump in a few chunks of one of his proclamations here and call it good." I have resisted that impulse, and I am a better man for doing so. I encourage all media professionals to exercise similar restraint whenever possible.