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Report: Benny Johnson was accused of plagiarism (again)

Staffers at Independent Journal Review accused Benny Johnson of plagiarism in 2015, just a year after BuzzFeed fired him for copying dozens of other sites, according to a story published Tuesday by Business Insider. Johnson, who joined Independent Journal Review in 2015 after being let go from BuzzFeed for 41 examples of plagiarism, was accused by his … Read More
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How did a journalist wind up with Tom Brady's stolen jerseys?

For most journalists, memories are the most precious souvenir. Not this time. The case of Tom Brady's missing jersey took a bizarre twist Monday when the NFL announced that the Super Bowl keepsake, valued at $500,000, had been found in the possession of a journalist. In a statement issued this morning, the league said Brady's No. 12 jersey … Read More
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IJR retracts story that 'does not meet our editorial standards'

Independent Journal Review on Thursday took down a story that implied Barack Obama's recent trip to Hawaii had something to do with a federal judge's decision to block President Trump's immigration order. The story, published earlier today, was headlined "Fmr President Obama Made 'Surprise Visit' to Hawaii, Days Before Judge Issued Travel Ban Ruling." It juxtaposed Obama's visit to … Read More
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Publisher of 'Pill City' stands by book despite questions

The publisher of "Pill City" told Poynter on Wednesday it stands by the book, a Baltimore true-crime story whose bona fides have been questioned by the Baltimore Police Department and other agencies. "St. Martin's Press supports Kevin Deutsch and his book," Rebecca Lang, publicity manager for St. Martin's Press, told Poynter in a statement. The backing from St. Martin's Press … Read More
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Are Kevin Deutsch’s stories too good to be true? A reminder to check sources and keep notes

Public trust in journalism has been dwindling for years, long before Donald Trump proved it’s possible to win voters no matter how many Pinocchios or Pants on Fire ratings the fact-checkers dished out. Newsroom leaders have good reason to worry about the pandemic of hoax stories spread by click-seeking profiteers and partisans that poses an existential threat … Read More
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Inquiry into Kevin Deutsch's reporting widens

The digging into Kevin Deutsch's reporting history intensified Monday when a new investigation called into question the veracity of several sources that appeared in his stories. The report, written by Sydney Smith of the journalism watchdog iMediaEthics, identified discrepancies in eight sources from stories written by Deutsch for The New York Times, Newsday and the New York Daily … Read More
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CNN has hired Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza, the whirling dervish political blogger for The Washington Post, is headed to CNN. According to Politico, which first reported the news, Cillizza will leave The Fix, the political blog he founded and become an editor at large for the cable news network. He will have "both a digital presence and an on-air role," Hadas Gold reported. "'I’ve … Read More
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Questions and answers with Indira Lakshmanan, Poynter's Craig Newmark Foundation Chair for Journalism Ethics

Poynter announced today that longtime national and foreign correspondent Indira Lakshmanan is joining the institute as its Craig Newmark Foundation Chair for Journalism Ethics. Lakshmanan, currently The Boston Globe's Washington columnist, has worked for newspapers, a wire service, digital and print magazines, TV and radio. The new position, which is funded by a $1 million gift from the … Read More
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Former NBC News reporter says Seal Team Six story was shelved after Williams scandal

Last month, The Intercept published a massive investigation into alleged war crimes committed by members of Seal Team Six, the elite naval special operations unit responsible for killing Osama bin Laden. The investigation, which spans five parts and thousands of words, was written by Matthew Cole, a longtime national security reporter whose resumé includes stints at ESPN the … Read More
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After conflict-of-interest questions, NPR is tweaking its financial disclosure rules

Beginning today, rank-and-file journalists at NPR are responsible for making sure appropriate financial disclosures are made in their stories — and they have the information to make that happen. Until now, the responsibility to disclose who funds NPR's journalism was left to senior supervising producers. But in response to conflict-of-interest questions raised by NPR's coverage of the Iran deal (a … Read More
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Trump's speech should remind journalists that tone matters

The news cycle this morning is breathing a collective sigh of relief: President Donald J. Trump can do the presidential thing. But as they reflect on the president's bearing, journalists should also turn their powers of analysis back upon themselves. That feeling you get, when you hear the president and his staff repeatedly take a hostile tone with the press? … Read More
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Milo Yiannopoulos quits Breitbart, vows to start his own company

Alt-right star Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News after backlash from his statements regarding pedophilia put his status at the conservative publication in doubt. Earlier Tuesday, Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow called Yiannopoulos' remarks "indefensible." Several staffers at Breitbart were on the verge of quitting if Yiannopoulos remained at the site, according to Washingtonian. In a … Read More
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Erik Wemple: Tucker Carlson 'intentionally mischaracterized' my work

Fox News host Tucker Carlson had Erik Wemple on his show Tuesday night and attempted to paint The Washington Post media columnist as a hypocrite for covering the media's white-gloved treatment of Russia while neglecting to examine "Russia Behind the Headlines," a pro-Russia advertising insert syndicated by The Post. During the exchange, which lasted for 10 minutes, … Read More
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Jonah Lehrer remembers the moment his career was shattered

Jonah Lehrer was about to go on stage before 1,000 people in the summer of 2012 when he got the news: Another writer just discovered that he put made-up quotes from Bob Dylan in his book. "I’d been a lifelong Dylan fan, and I’d been familiar with the proximate versions of what he’d said," Lehrer said of getting the call … Read More
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Should journalists protest in Trump's America?

On Sunday, Robert Hernandez went on Twitter to share his thoughts as “a Catholic who believes in equal/human rights, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation.” He explained that President Trump’s executive order indefinitely blocking Syrian refugees from entering the United States and suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries conflicted with his own religious beliefs. Hernandez, a journalism … Read More
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