FoxNews.com Lifts Passages From The Atlantic Wire, Issues Clarification That Is Nearly As Long As Original Article
On Sunday, FoxNews.com ran a rather innocuous story on the U.S. Navy reportedly training dolphins as a counter-measure to Iran possibly closing the Strait of Hormuz. But the unknown author (a good amount of FoxNews.com content runs without bylines) failed to disclose that the story was pretty much a re-purposing of a report by John Hudson that had run two days earlier on TheAtlanticWire.com.
POLITICO’s Dylan Byers first pointed out the similarities Monday afternoon. “If you’re still looking for a difference between the two,” Byers writes, “Hudson italicized ‘The San Francisco Chronicle.'”
FoxNews.com, upon learning of the incident, quickly re-edited the story, and issued a lengthy, 85-word Editor’s Note at the beginning of the story:
EDITOR’S NOTE: When this story was posted Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, on FoxNews.com, an editor failed to properly source and add original reporting or language that would significantly distinguish it from an article that was posted Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, on theatlanticwire.com. FoxNews.com regrets the use of the article in its original form and apologizes to theatlanticwire.com and our readers for doing so. A properly edited and sourced version of the article appears below, with a link to the original theatlanticwire.com story.
As for fallout for the non-bylined writer behind the curtain who didn’t properly cite/hyperlink/hat-tip Hudson? George Kindel, the Managing Editor for FOXNews.com, tells Mediaite that, “senior news management is reviewing this matter.”
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