Examiner.com editor: 'Plagiarism is inexcusable and we try our best to guard against it'
From TRAVIS HENRY, vice president of editorial, Examiner.com: I wanted to offer some thoughts on your post yesterday that mentioned concerns aimed at Examiner.com regarding possible plagiarism of articles from the Missoulian. I want to offer clarification, as we take matters like this very seriously.
The articles in question have been removed from our site and we have ended our relationship with the contributors who submitted them. In fact, your post was the first time we were made aware of which specific pieces of content on Examiner.com the Missoulian had concerns with.
Gwen Florio is correct when she cited our office as saying that contributors are "...not employees, they're independent contractors." All articles on Examiner.com are contributed by various independent third party authors (referred to on our website as “Examiners”), and are selected, written, posted solely by the authors themselves. However, when someone points out problems with material posted by an Examiner, like the Missoulian, we always inform the applicable Examiner and request they remedy the situation (or if we receive a valid take-down notice in compliance with the DMCA, we always pull the material from our site, as we did in this case once the content was identified). In the instance with the complaint from the Missoulian, neither Ms. Florio nor Ms. Devlin provided information on the specific content or the contributor that may have violated our editorial guidelines, and as such we were not able to identify or remove the content in question at the time of the initial request.
We apologize to the Missoulian, and also to all of our contributors who create amazing work every day. This isolated incident is not a reflection on them or Examiner.com.
Thanks for your time.
Vice President of Editorial