Kansas City Star columnist Steve Penn fired because he couldn’t even be bothered to rewrite press releases

More than 30 years after he joined The Kansas City Star, 11 of which were spent as a columnist, Steve Penn has been fired from the city’s major daily for stealing his work from other sources.

“In the normal editing process and follow-up review, it was discovered that Penn had lifted material from press releases verbatim, in some cases presenting others’ conclusions and opinions as his own and without attribution,” said the Star article announcing the firing. The Star gave multiple examples of Penn’s theft, including an incident in which Penn’s entire column was a near verbatim rewrite of a news release about Duke Ellington’s family working with Alaadeen Enterprises Inc. to aid U.S. veterans.

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