Cbs Denies It Engaged In Checkbook Journalism With Basketball Tape
CBS News has decided to pay high-school student Marcus Luciano $500 for using his tape of Jason McElwain, an autistic Rochester, NY teen basketball player, scoring 20 points in four minutes in his team's last game of the season. Correspondent Steve Hartman told the CBS blog Public Eye that neither Luciano nor the school's basketball coach asked for payment for the tape. CBS Evening News executive producer Rome Hartman (apparently not related) told the blog: "It seemed right that we should pay the kid for the use of the video. ... It seemed like a nice gesture, given that we've used the video so much. Think of this guy as a freelance cameraman. That's what he was. He just didn't know he was." The payment was approved by CBS News's new ethics watchdog, Linda Mason.