Speechwriter “more honored than offended” to be quoted without attribution

Perhaps you read this week about the case of Preston Mitchum, who delivered a light speech at the North Carolina law school graduation ceremony about the merits of “being average.” Turns out the remarks were largely fashioned from excerpts of a speech given last year by a speechwriter named Anthony Corvino, at the 2010 Binghamton University commencement.

Apparently Mitchum actually got Corvino’s permission to use the excerpts. But he didn’t attribute them.

According to the Washington Post, “Corvino told The Associated Press on Tuesday he is more honored than offended to have a wider audience.”

Yep, definitely a speechwriter.

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