HOT BLAST: Do your own work
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Some lessons of opinion-writing don't require semesters at journalism school. In fact, there's one that most of our first-grad teachers told us: "Do your own work, and don't copy others."

It's a rule that, we are sad to report, isn't always followed, as Romenesko reports

The conservative Media Research Center often urges liberal news outlets to TELL THE TRUTH, but the Reston, VA-based press watchdog isn’t telling the truth about its own leader: Brent Bozell doesn’t write the syndicated column that appears under his byline. 

It is longtime MRC media analysis director Tim Graham who writes “almost everything published under [Bozell's] name,” a former MRC employee tells me in an email. “That includes his weekly column. Same goes for his books, which at least carry Graham’s name in a secondary billing, but also aren’t written by Bozell (but Bozell keeps 80-90% of the advance and all profits!)”  

Expect headline writers to have a field day with this one. Here's how TPM is reporting it: Brent Bozell Denounced Media Laziness in Columns He Probably Didn't Write.

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