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Toronto Star apology: Politician does live where he's running for office
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Toronto Star apology: Politician does live where he's running for office
By: Sydney Smith
October 25, 2014 02:06 PM EST
The Toronto Star apologized after wrongly claiming a political candidate didn't live in the ward where he is running for office. An Oct. 24 apology on the Star's website reads: "An Oct. 24 article about...
UK Regulator Will Investigate Sext Sting without filed complaint, 1st time in UK
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UK Regulator Will Investigate Sext Sting without filed complaint, 1st time in UK
By: Sydney Smith
October 25, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK's new regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organization, is going to investigate on its own the Mirror's reporting, which prompted the resignation of a politician over his sexual exchanges with an...
Don't Panic in Reporting on Ebola, AP warns
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Don't Panic in Reporting on Ebola, AP warns
By: Sydney Smith
October 24, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Associated Press doesn't want readers to freak out because of too many reports about possible Ebola infections. Under a new guidance, released Oct. 17 on the AP's blog, the AP said it typically isn't...
Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel get libel payout, apology for doubting their marriage
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Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel get libel payout, apology for doubting their marriage
By: Sydney Smith
October 23, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Heat magazine admitted it made up quotes from Jessica Biel about her marriage to Justin Timberlake. Timberlake and Biel sued Heat over the Sept. 6 edition's article and pictures, which was titled both "Justin...
Too soon? College paper published satire that claimed ISIS took over dorm, Retracts
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Too soon? College paper published satire that claimed ISIS took over dorm, Retracts
By: Sydney Smith
October 22, 2014 05:12 PM EST
The Daily Nexus, the student newspaper for the University of California-Santa Barbara, retracted an article that joked about terrorist group ISIS taking control over one of the school's residence...
BBC will track links removed under Google Right to Be Forgotten, calls for appeals process
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BBC will track links removed under Google Right to Be Forgotten, calls for appeals process
By: Sydney Smith
October 22, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The BBC will now list articles Google granted the "right to be forgotten" on its website. By doing so, the BBC brings attention to articles that people wanted removed from the search engine. As...
No More Mugshots as Infotainment, says Missouri Newspaper
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No More Mugshots as Infotainment, says Missouri Newspaper
By: Sydney Smith
October 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
No more mugshots for the Springfield, Missouri News-Leader, unless they are really newsworthy. Instead of dumping mugshots in bulk, the newspaper will instead be selective in reporting on newsworthy crimes, Paul Berry,...
UK high court: Media Lawyer who knew about E-mail Hacking was reckless
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UK high court: Media Lawyer who knew about E-mail Hacking was reckless
By: Sydney Smith
October 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
News International lawyer Alastair Brett has seemingly wriggled off the hook. In 2009, Brett "recklessly allowed the court to be misled" but didn't "knowingly" mislead the court when he represented...
6 Sun Journalists Bribed Police, Military and Hospital Workers for Scoops? Now on Trial
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6 Sun Journalists Bribed Police, Military and Hospital Workers for Scoops? Now on Trial
By: Sydney Smith
October 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Six Sun journalists are currently on trial facing accusations of bribery -- or in UK legal speak, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, the Guardian reported. The UK prosecution accuses them of paying off...
New Phone Hacking Accusations, UK Mirror Reporter Charged
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New Phone Hacking Accusations, UK Mirror Reporter Charged
By: Sydney Smith
October 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Even though the first phone hacking trial is over, the UK prosecution and police are still looking into phone hacking. This week, a former Mirror reporter has, in facct, been charged in a new case. Graham Johnson,...
Google Approves 41.6% of Right to Be Forgotten Requests
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Google Approves 41.6% of Right to Be Forgotten Requests
By: Sydney Smith
October 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Google is getting about 1,000 requests a day to take down links to news stories under the "Right to be Forgotten," the International Business Times reported. The Right to Be Forgotten stems from a May 2014...
Deadspin Admits Falsely Accusing Politician Gardner of Lying about Football
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Deadspin Admits Falsely Accusing Politician Gardner of Lying about Football
By: Sydney Smith
October 16, 2014 07:23 PM EST
Sports site Deadspin falsely claimed Colorado politician Cory Gardner lied about playing football in high school. Deadspin's article, published on Oct. 15, was headlined, "Is a Colorado Senate Candidate Lying...
 NPR sidesteps full ban on term 'Redskins'
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NPR sidesteps full ban on term 'Redskins'
By: Sydney Smith
October 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
National Public Radio said it won't ban the name of the NFL team The Washington Redskins from broadcasts or publication. However, the network recommends that staffers be careful with the use of the team's name...
Obama watermelon toothpaste cartoon? Boston Herald says 'Unacceptable' in 'racial overtones'
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Obama watermelon toothpaste cartoon? Boston Herald says 'Unacceptable' in 'racial overtones'
By: Sydney Smith
October 15, 2014 08:22 PM EST
The controversial cartoon shows President Barack Obama in a bathroom brushing his teeth. Behind him, a man is in a bubble bath asking "Have you tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?" Its caption read:...
UK Mail Uses Wrong Cute Puppy Pictures with Ebola Dog Story?
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UK Mail Uses Wrong Cute Puppy Pictures with Ebola Dog Story?
By: Sydney Smith
October 15, 2014 05:45 PM EST
The UK Mail used photos of a random Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog in its reporting on the "Ebola dog," the dog of Dallas nurse Nina Pham who was diagnosed with Ebola over the weekend, the Daily Dot...
Don't publish unverified information, California conference attendees reminded
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Don't publish unverified information, California conference attendees reminded
By: Sydney Smith
October 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
"Don’t publish anything until you know it to be true.” Seems simple, but that warning needed to be repeated to attendees at Cal Poly's journalism ethics conference last week. The Oct. 10 event...
NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman disregards her Ebola quarantine, Goes to Restaurant
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NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman disregards her Ebola quarantine, Goes to Restaurant
By: Sydney Smith
October 14, 2014 04:21 PM EST
NBC News' chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman was busted for breaking quarantine after people contacted Princeton, NJ local news site Planet Princeton. The site's founder and reporter Krystal Knapp found out...
David Brooks' Son is in Israel Defense Forces, Should this be disclosed by NY Times?
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David Brooks' Son is in Israel Defense Forces, Should this be disclosed by NY Times?
By: Sydney Smith
October 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
It's OK for David Brooks to write about Israel but he should tell his readers in his New York Times column that his son is a member of Israel's army, the Israel Defense Forces, Times public editor Margaret...
Malaysian Newspaper Hoaxed, Priest didn't Convert to Islam after Coma
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Malaysian Newspaper Hoaxed, Priest didn't Convert to Islam after Coma
By: Sydney Smith
October 13, 2014 11:23 AM EST
Malaysian newspaper Utusan Malaysia was duped by a fake news story claiming a Catholic priest converted to Islam after being in a coma for more than a year. Utusan Malaysia published a story about the fake news, which...
Zimbabwe prophet says newspaper lied, he didn't pay to end an adultery lawsuit
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Zimbabwe prophet says newspaper lied, he didn't pay to end an adultery lawsuit
By: Sydney Smith
October 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A Zimbabwean religious leader denied paying $150,000 to settle an adultery lawsuit. He says he never paid any sum or had the affair in question after a man named Denford Mutashu accused the religious leader, Prophet Walter...
100 Complaints after Sky News Outs Twitter Troll Later Found Dead
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100 Complaints after Sky News Outs Twitter Troll Later Found Dead
By: Sydney Smith
October 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Sky News outed a woman named Brenda Leyland as running a Twitter account that tweeted abusive comments toward Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of Madeline McCann who has been missing since 2007. After Sky News...
Naked, murdered body aired on Vermont TV in Crime scene photo
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Naked, murdered body aired on Vermont TV in Crime scene photo
By: Sydney Smith
October 11, 2014 03:38 PM EST
WCAX, a CBS affliate based in Burlington, Vt., showed a "photo of [Melissa] Jenkins' nude body, face-down underwater and weighted by cinder blocks" during its Oct. 9 6 p.m. news. The photo came from court...
Now 8 of 10 News of the World-ers Convicted or Admitted Hacking
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Now 8 of 10 News of the World-ers Convicted or Admitted Hacking
By: Sydney Smith
October 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Ian Edmondson, the former News of the World head of news prior the newspaper's 2011 closure, pleaded guilty this month to phone hacking between the years 2000 and 2006.  According to the Guardian, Edmondson's...
Australian newspaper calls murdered transgender woman 'she-male' & 'ladyboy'
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Australian newspaper calls murdered transgender woman 'she-male' & 'ladyboy'
By: Sydney Smith
October 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Will the Courier-Mail apologize? The Australian newspaper owned by News Corp. described an Indonesian murdered transgender woman as a "she-male" and a "lady boy."  The Courier-Mail's...
NYTimes apologized after racism complaints for India cartoon
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NYTimes apologized after racism complaints for India cartoon
By: Sydney Smith
October 09, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The New York Times apologized after publishing a cartoon many readers found racist against India. The Sept. 28 cartoon showed a mustached man labeled "India" wearing a turban. The man, holding a cow on a...
Sky News reporter  going through Plane Crash Victims' Luggage caused 'considerable offence,' OfCom rules
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Sky News reporter going through Plane Crash Victims' Luggage caused 'considerable offence,' OfCom rules
By: Sydney Smith
October 08, 2014 01:44 PM EST
UK broadcast regulator OfCom ruled against Sky News's Colin Brazier for potentially "causing considerable offence" when he riffled through the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines' MH17, which crashed in Ukraine...
McCanns Did Not Withhold Information from Police, Sunday Times pays Madeleine McCann's parents,
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McCanns Did Not Withhold Information from Police, Sunday Times pays Madeleine McCann's parents,
By: Sydney Smith
October 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Sunday Times had to pay the parents of a missing child £55,000 for wrongly claiming they made it harder for the police to investigate their daughter's 2007 disappearance. Gerry and Kate McCann said the...
 Stop Stalking Baby Prince George! Royal couple warn 2 paparazzi
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Stop Stalking Baby Prince George! Royal couple warn 2 paparazzi
By: Sydney Smith
October 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Prince William and Kate Middleton's lawyers have complained about two paparazzi stalking their 14-month-old son Prince George, CNN reported. The paparrazi have been "following" the baby "and his nanny...
UK Mirror reporter poses as woman, Sext Stings Politicians, New UK Press body to Investigate
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UK Mirror reporter poses as woman, Sext Stings Politicians, New UK Press body to Investigate
By: Sydney Smith
October 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Sunday Mirror has defended its reporting that led to Brooks Newmark resigning as a member of Parliament because of sexually explicit messages he sent to to an undercover reporter. A freelance reporter posed as a...
Canadian college newspaper admits plagiarism, then deletes it?
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Canadian college newspaper admits plagiarism, then deletes it?
By: Sydney Smith
October 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Brock Press admitted plagiarizing from a website but then deleted its confession. On Sept. 17, the Brock Press, the weekly "independent student newspaper at Brock University" in St Catharines, Ontario,...
Fmr Canada PM Trudeau's wife 'Didn't like to wear panties,' says Sun News' Ezra Levant
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Fmr Canada PM Trudeau's wife 'Didn't like to wear panties,' says Sun News' Ezra Levant
By: Sydney Smith
October 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Canada's Sun News Network host Ezra Levant mocked politician Justin Trudeau and his parents after Trudeau, the leader of Canada's Liberal Party, posed for a photo with a bridal party and kissed the bride on the...
NYPOST pays wronged Boston Marathon 'Bag men,' Mum on $ amount
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NYPOST pays wronged Boston Marathon 'Bag men,' Mum on $ amount
By: Sydney Smith
October 02, 2014 07:15 PM EST
The New York Post settled the libel lawsuit filed by two Boston Marathon spectators over the Post's cover calling them "Bag Men" and suggesting they were the bombers. They sued in June 2013 over the cover,...
Newsweek asks you to email them if you find any 'lack [of] proper attribution' by Fareed Zakaria
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Newsweek asks you to email them if you find any 'lack [of] proper attribution' by Fareed Zakaria
By: Sydney Smith
October 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
CNN is standing by Fareed Zakaria for now but Newsweek, one of the many publications where Zakaria has worked, has acknowledged new plagiarism complaints against Zakaria and invited anyone concerned about attribution issues...
Japanese Newspaper retracts 'Comfort Women,' Fukushima, & Nintendo stories
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Japanese Newspaper retracts 'Comfort Women,' Fukushima, & Nintendo stories
By: Sydney Smith
September 30, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Despite having made the claim since the 1980s, writer Seiji Yoshida did not kidnap 200 women during World War II to act as "comfort women" doing brothel work to service Japanese soldiers. The Asahi Shimbun, the...
ESPN not hosting male-only domestic violence program, Esquire corrects error
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ESPN not hosting male-only domestic violence program, Esquire corrects error
By: Sydney Smith
September 29, 2014 07:36 PM EST
ESPN isn't hosting a male-only panel on domestic violence tonight. Esquire apologized for wrongly saying that in a Sept. 26 article, which also suggested ESPN "is not in the business of...
Guardian pays criminal for column that didn't 'glorify' crime
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Guardian pays criminal for column that didn't 'glorify' crime
By: Sydney Smith
September 29, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Even though it's not normally acceptable to pay a criminal to write about their crimes, the now-shuttered Press Complaints Commission decided it was OK for The Guardian to pay ex-con and former politician Chris...
Bill Simmons taunted ESPN to punish him, ESPN Ombuds says
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Bill Simmons taunted ESPN to punish him, ESPN Ombuds says
By: Sydney Smith
September 28, 2014 05:00 AM EST
ESPN's ombudsman Robert Lipsyte criticized ESPN's Bill Simmons for calling the NFL's commissioner Roger Goodell a liar without any evidence or fairness. Simmons was unfair and crossed the line between...
'Boobs on Ground' Joke was 'Inappropriate,' Fox News' Eric Bolling Admits Bad Judgment
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'Boobs on Ground' Joke was 'Inappropriate,' Fox News' Eric Bolling Admits Bad Judgment
By: Sydney Smith
September 27, 2014 10:59 AM EST
Fox News' co-host Eric Bolling called a female pilot fighting against terrorist group ISIS "boobs on the ground." He has since twice apologized for his "inappropriate" joke. The comment was...
Undercover reporter's lack of credibility tanks another UK Prosecutor's case
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Undercover reporter's lack of credibility tanks another UK Prosecutor's case
By: Sydney Smith
September 27, 2014 05:00 AM EST
 Mazher Mahmood, the controversial undercover journalist for News Corp's UK titles, has been held responsible for another criminal case being canned. The UK Crown Prosecution Service decided against prosecuting...
Globe & Mail OKs Travel Writers Accepting Free Hotel Rooms, Meals, Airline tickets if Freebies Disclosed
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Globe & Mail OKs Travel Writers Accepting Free Hotel Rooms, Meals, Airline tickets if Freebies Disclosed
By: Sydney Smith
September 26, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Do free airline tickets, hotel rooms or restaurant meals influence reporters' opinions, or give the appearance that they do? Many publications, like the New York Times, believe that they do and, therefore, ban the...
Ray Rice ESPN Ombudsman review, Not yanked, ESPN had tech problem
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Ray Rice ESPN Ombudsman review, Not yanked, ESPN had tech problem
By: Sydney Smith
September 25, 2014 10:38 AM EST
ESPN didn't unpublish its ombudsman's review of the media company's coverage of Ray Rice. Both the Big Lead and Mediaite wrongly reported that ESPN yanked the ombudsman report after ESPN suspended Bill...
BBC won't show accused child sex abuser Jimmy Savile on air to protect victims
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BBC won't show accused child sex abuser Jimmy Savile on air to protect victims
By: Sydney Smith
September 25, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The BBC won't use any old footage of its longtime host Jimmy Savile in its programs under a policy to protect viewers who may have been abused by him. Savile, who died in 2011, was never charged with child sex...
ESPN suspends Bill Simmons after calling NFL Ray Rice press conference 'bulls**t'
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ESPN suspends Bill Simmons after calling NFL Ray Rice press conference 'bulls**t'
By: Sydney Smith
September 24, 2014 07:17 PM EST
ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for three weeks after he attacked the NFL's commissioner Roger Goodell for his comments about the now-infamous TMZ-released video of Ray Rice. Yesterday, Simmons called Goodelll a liar and...
News Corp not only UK media company to hack phones, UK Mirror Pays 10 Settlements
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News Corp not only UK media company to hack phones, UK Mirror Pays 10 Settlements
By: Sydney Smith
September 24, 2014 05:05 PM EST
The UK Mirror owned up to phone hacking accusations this week, paying settlements to actors, sports figures, a media executive and a nanny. That means, News Corp wasn't the only media company in the UK to have hacked...
Church of Scientology didn't kill Michael Brown, NYTimes corrects
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Church of Scientology didn't kill Michael Brown, NYTimes corrects
By: Sydney Smith
September 24, 2014 02:27 PM EST
Did the Church of Scientology have anything to do with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri? Apparently not, but that didn't stop the New York Times from saying as much via an editing error in an...
'Drunk Female Guests' cause Fraternity Problems? Forbes axes writer
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'Drunk Female Guests' cause Fraternity Problems? Forbes axes writer
By: Sydney Smith
September 24, 2014 01:06 PM EST
"Drunk female guests are the gravest threat to fraternities." Believe it or not, that was an actual headline for an online Forbes column. The author, Bill Frezza, has since been fired from Forbes,...
Was Toronto Star Malicious in Reporting on Brampton Mayor's Expense Scandal? Fennell Sues
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Was Toronto Star Malicious in Reporting on Brampton Mayor's Expense Scandal? Fennell Sues
By: Sydney Smith
September 24, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Susan Fennell, mayor of Brampton, Ontario since 2000, has major expense problems. She has used public money to book first-class flights and five-star hotels for her own travel, The Toronto Star has reported. A recent...
What are Ethics of 'F*** It I Quit'? Reporter outed as Secret Owner of Marijuana business
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What are Ethics of 'F*** It I Quit'? Reporter outed as Secret Owner of Marijuana business
By: Sydney Smith
September 23, 2014 10:01 AM EST
Charlo Greene went viral this week after she sensationally quit her job as a reporter for Anchorage, Alaska's CBS-affiliate KTVA, announced she owns a local marijuana club, and said "F**k it, I quit" on air....
Chinese Govt Shut Down Media Outlet, 100+ Companies Extorted for Good Press?
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Chinese Govt Shut Down Media Outlet, 100+ Companies Extorted for Good Press?
By: Sydney Smith
September 23, 2014 05:00 AM EST
China's The 21st Century Business Herald was closed by the country after being accused of extorting more than 100 companies for favorable press. "The 21st Century Herald website has been shut down, all website...
Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes is an 'Angry Black Woman'? NYTimes Faces Criticism
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Scandal Creator Shonda Rhimes is an 'Angry Black Woman'? NYTimes Faces Criticism
By: Sydney Smith
September 22, 2014 12:27 PM EST
Did you know that Shonda Rhimes is an "angry black woman" in addition to being the creator of TV hits Scandal and Grey's Anatomy and the upcoming How to Get Away with Murder? And had you been informed that...
Guardian Exaggerates CEO Pay Ratio for Public Company, Learns 'important lesson' to check data
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Guardian Exaggerates CEO Pay Ratio for Public Company, Learns 'important lesson' to check data
By: Sydney Smith
September 22, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Guardian unpublished an Aug. 18 article based on wrong data that exaggerated CEO compensation. The error could leave the UK newspaper and the think tank that provided the incorrect data open to legal action. The...
Hanes Factory Closing? That happened in 2008, Two news sites unpublish
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Hanes Factory Closing? That happened in 2008, Two news sites unpublish
By: Sydney Smith
September 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The website Knitting Industry and North Carolina's Triad Business Journal both falsely reported this month that Hanesbrands was shutting down a number of its plants and firing a large number of...
Indian anchor fired for botching China's president's name on Air
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Indian anchor fired for botching China's president's name on Air
By: Sydney Smith
September 20, 2014 01:16 PM EST
Indian public broadcaster Doordarshan fired an anchor for messing up the name of China's president, Reuters reported. The anchor, who was unnamed by news reports, called the president Eleven Jinping instead of Xi...
Where's the 'Right to be Forgotten'? What's the point if media re-report  stories meant to be forgotten? [Commentary]
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Where's the 'Right to be Forgotten'? What's the point if media re-report stories meant to be forgotten? [Commentary]
By: Sydney Smith
September 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The "Right to Be Forgotten" refers to a rulling by a European Union court this year allowing people in Europe to get search engines to remove links to stories that are "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer...
AP calls Terrorist Group 'the Islamic State group' not ISIS, ISIL or 'Islamic State'
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AP calls Terrorist Group 'the Islamic State group' not ISIS, ISIL or 'Islamic State'
By: Sydney Smith
September 19, 2014 01:31 PM EST
Why does the Associated Press now call the terrorist group, originally known as ISIS, the Islamic State Group? Does the name matter? If you have been on a remote Island this summer, you may be unaware that the terrorist...
Australian Radio Host Attacks Listener By Airing His Cell phone number and calling him names
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Australian Radio Host Attacks Listener By Airing His Cell phone number and calling him names
By: Sydney Smith
September 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Australian radio station 2SM aired a man's personal phone number during a radio broadcast last year and broke privacy guidelines, Australian broadcast regulator ACMA ruled recently. During a Nov. 25, 2013 program,...
Math Fail: CNN says '110%' Weigh in on Scottish Independence Vote?
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Math Fail: CNN says '110%' Weigh in on Scottish Independence Vote?
By: Sydney Smith
September 18, 2014 06:42 PM EST
CNN apparently had a graphics and math fail in a report today on the Scottish independence vote. According to an image circulating Twitter, in a live broadcast hosted by CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, CNN reported ScotCen,...
Separated Wife of Child Sex Crime Perp IDed, Caused 'Extreme embarrassment and distress,' UK Telegraph apologizes
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Separated Wife of Child Sex Crime Perp IDed, Caused 'Extreme embarrassment and distress,' UK Telegraph apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
September 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
It was wrong for the UK Telegraph to name the wife of a man convicted of child sexual crimes, the UK Press Complaints Commission ruled. Given that the woman wasn't related to the crime, it wasn't right to...
Mother dies after 'palliative care,' not 'prayer and hymn singing'; Australia's Channel 7 Unpublishes
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Mother dies after 'palliative care,' not 'prayer and hymn singing'; Australia's Channel 7 Unpublishes
By: Sydney Smith
September 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Australian Communications and Media Authority ruled Australia's Channel 7 violated broadcasting standards in reporting on the religious group, the Bruderhof Community. The Burderhof identifies itself as a...
Google 'Right to be forgotten' gone wrong? Artist asks Google to 'forget' old artwork he no longer likes?
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Google 'Right to be forgotten' gone wrong? Artist asks Google to 'forget' old artwork he no longer likes?
By: Sydney Smith
September 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Now unpublishing or removing links from Google search is no longer just about hiding your prior arrest from potential employers. Even artists who hate their old artworks have a means to make them, for all practical purposes,...
'Slave ship packed tight' like airplane seats? Penn. newspaper apologizes for 'nationally syndicated' cartoon
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'Slave ship packed tight' like airplane seats? Penn. newspaper apologizes for 'nationally syndicated' cartoon
By: Sydney Smith
September 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Pennsylvania news site The Lancaster Online aplogized to readers after publishing a "deeply hurtful, offensive editorial cartoon" comparing slave ships with airplanes. The Lancaster Online admitted the cartton...
Newcastle United: 'inaccurate,' 'disgraceful journalism' led to ban of UK Telegraph reporters
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Newcastle United: 'inaccurate,' 'disgraceful journalism' led to ban of UK Telegraph reporters
By: Sydney Smith
September 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Soccer team Newcastle United accused the Daily Telegraph of 'inaccurate" and "disgraceful journalism" and said it won't let the Telegraph have acess to the team. According to Newcastle United, the...
Royal Prank Call Inquest: Australian radio host apologizes to nurse
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Royal Prank Call Inquest: Australian radio host apologizes to nurse
By: Sydney Smith
September 13, 2014 04:29 PM EST
The Westminster Coroners' Court opened an inquest to investigate the death of Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at King Edward VII hospital who was found dead in 2012 after answering a prank phone call to the hospital. The...
Bloomberg News still won't break news about itself or about owner Michael Bloomberg
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Bloomberg News still won't break news about itself or about owner Michael Bloomberg
By: Sydney Smith
September 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Bloomberg News is still not reporting on anything to do with Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg News unless another media outlets breaks the story first, the New York Times reported this week. Bloomberg stated in a report...
Why Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Won't Unpublish Couple's story of arrest
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Why Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Won't Unpublish Couple's story of arrest
By: Sydney Smith
September 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation won't unpublish articles, CBC ombudsman Esther Enkin reminded readers in a Sept. 3 column. A husband and wife were "charged with forgery and using a forged document" and...
Seattle TV news IDs WRONG cab driver for sex assault
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Seattle TV news IDs WRONG cab driver for sex assault
By: Sydney Smith
September 11, 2014 03:25 PM EST
KIRO's Aug. 8 story aired the photo of the WRONG man when reporting on sexual assault accusations against a Seattle taxi driver. Instead of showing Hassan Allaleh, a Seattle cab driver accused of groping a passenger...
NBC News Paid for Exclusive Access to Oscar Pistorius House
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NBC News Paid for Exclusive Access to Oscar Pistorius House
By: Sydney Smith
September 11, 2014 12:01 PM EST
NBC News paid "a nominal location fee" to have access to Oscar Pistorius's former home, according to Media Bistro's TV Newser. Pistorius is on trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius says...
Saintly? National Review forgives, hires editor who plagiarized 41 articles at BuzzFeed
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Saintly? National Review forgives, hires editor who plagiarized 41 articles at BuzzFeed
By: Sydney Smith
September 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
National Review must have calculated its new hire, who it described as a "talented journalist, with obviously a lot to contribute," was low risk. After all, he only plagiarized 41 of his 500 articles BuzzFeed...
Will Guardian stop using term 'illegal immigrant'?
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Will Guardian stop using term 'illegal immigrant'?
By: Sydney Smith
September 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Will the Guardian stop using the term "illegal immigrant?" The Guardian hasn't decided what to use instead of the term. "I think it would be the right thing to do," readers editor Chris Elliott...
Empathy? Respect? Fox & Friends Joke about Ray Rice's violence, Don't Apologize
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Empathy? Respect? Fox & Friends Joke about Ray Rice's violence, Don't Apologize
By: Sydney Smith
September 09, 2014 12:07 PM EST
Fox News' Fox & Friends joked about Ray Rice's abusing his then-girlfriend and now wife Janay Palmer yesterday. Then, when the hosts brought up their remarks again today, they didn't apologize and instead...
New Ethics Code for U.S. Society of Professional Journalists
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New Ethics Code for U.S. Society of Professional Journalists
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September 09, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The U.S. Society of Professional Journalists has a new ethics code. The revised code was approved Sept. 6 at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Nashville this past weekend. The SPJ says on its website that it...
California newspaper hoaxed by fake letter
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California newspaper hoaxed by fake letter
By: Sydney Smith
September 08, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Malibu Times published a hoax letter to the editor, a retraction on its website admits. The letter, "Some Praise" by "The Regan Family" was published in the Aug. 14 paper.  The letter...
New Regulatory body for UK media IPSO launches
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New Regulatory body for UK media IPSO launches
By: Sydney Smith
September 08, 2014 12:00 AM EST
The UK regulator the Press Complaints Commission will be replaced effective today with the new independent Press Standards Organisation, aka IPSO. The announcement was made in a press release from IPSO sent to...
ISIS Beheadings Staged? Al Jazeera Unpublishes, Retracts 'Inaccurate' Story
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ISIS Beheadings Staged? Al Jazeera Unpublishes, Retracts 'Inaccurate' Story
By: Sydney Smith
September 07, 2014 06:48 PM EST
Al Jazeera unpublished an article claiming U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff's beheadings were staged. The terrorist group ISIS released videos showing the two journalists' beheading in the past...
'Almost all the blacks in his book are victims,' Economist said in review, hides byline
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'Almost all the blacks in his book are victims,' Economist said in review, hides byline
By: Sydney Smith
September 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Economist apologized and retracted a book review that criticized the book for its negative portrayal of white and black people during slavery. In a Sept. 3 apology, the Economist admitted it was wrong to have...
It's NFL Washington, no longer 'derogatory' Redskins for NY Daily News
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It's NFL Washington, no longer 'derogatory' Redskins for NY Daily News
By: Sydney Smith
September 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The New York Daily News has joined news organizations boycotting the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins. In a Sept. 3 article, the Daily News said it will no longer use the name Redskins in reporting on the team....
NHL's Sidney Crosby NOT Arrested in Ottawa, Canada's QMI Retracts Story
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NHL's Sidney Crosby NOT Arrested in Ottawa, Canada's QMI Retracts Story
By: Sydney Smith
September 05, 2014 08:00 PM EST
Canada's QMI Agency, which is Sun Media's national news wire, wrongly reported NHL player Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was arrested for driving related reasons while in Ottawa this week. A big problem...
Steven Sotloff Beheading; Which Newspapers used images from video?
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Steven Sotloff Beheading; Which Newspapers used images from video?
By: Sydney Smith
September 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Even though Twitter threatened to suspend users who posted images or video from the beheading video of U.S. journalist James Foley last month, it appears that was an empty threat for major media. As iMediaEthics wrote in...
NYT used one image from 'despicable' Steven Sotloff beheading video, Revealed he was Jewish
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NYT used one image from 'despicable' Steven Sotloff beheading video, Revealed he was Jewish
By: Sydney Smith
September 04, 2014 06:26 PM EST
The New York Times only used one image of terrorist group ISIS's video showing the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff, but Times public editor Margaret Sullivan questioned if the Times should have done...
What's up now with NPR's Ombudsman Position?
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What's up now with NPR's Ombudsman Position?
By: Sydney Smith
September 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Edward Schumacher-Matos's term as NPR ombudsman was supposed to end this summer but it has been extended through September while NPR looks for his successor, NPR spokesperson Isabel Lara told...
Times of India Requires Access to Journalists' Social Media accounts?
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Times of India Requires Access to Journalists' Social Media accounts?
By: Sydney Smith
September 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Times of India's new social media policy has gained some attention for going too far in restricting journalists and staff. The Aug. 14 policy calls for all staff to give employers their social media passwords,...
Freelancer fired for tweets, said German broadcaster 'whitewashed' Tiananmen Square
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Freelancer fired for tweets, said German broadcaster 'whitewashed' Tiananmen Square
By: Sydney Smith
September 02, 2014 05:00 AM EST
German international public broadcaster Deutsche Welle fired blogger Su Yutong for tweeting about "internal issues" including a claim that the company wanted to "tone down" coverage of China, the New York...
Sons weren't near dead teen Kendrick Johnson, Parents sue Ebony Mag
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Sons weren't near dead teen Kendrick Johnson, Parents sue Ebony Mag
By: Sydney Smith
September 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Ebony magazine is facing a $5 million libel lawsuit over 2013 reports by Frederic Rosen about the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson. Johnson's body was found in a rolled-up mat at his high school in January...
#IceBucketChallenge: Fake News story says ALS Assoc. not using donations for research?
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#IceBucketChallenge: Fake News story says ALS Assoc. not using donations for research?
By: Sydney Smith
August 31, 2014 02:13 PM EST
The ALS Association isn't ripping off its countless new donors, the association said this weekend in response to a fake news story. You can't have gone online or watched TV this summer without seeing the Ice...
NYT Named Teen Sexual Abuse Victims Who Wanted Stories Told
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NYT Named Teen Sexual Abuse Victims Who Wanted Stories Told
By: Sydney Smith
August 31, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Readers questioned why the New York Times named and photographed sexual abuse victims in an Aug. 23 story about accusations of sexual abuse against Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic Archbishop Jozef...
Architect Zaha Hadid accused of 'no concern' for dead laborers when construction never began, sues NY Review of Books
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Architect Zaha Hadid accused of 'no concern' for dead laborers when construction never began, sues NY Review of Books
By: Sydney Smith
August 30, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The New York Review of Books wrongly claimed architect Zaha Hadid had "no concern" for construction workers killed working on her design for the 2022 World Cup stadium in Qatar. The problem was construction...
Public Editor: New Yorker Mag said NYT Reporting on Plagiarism was 'political attack'
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Public Editor: New Yorker Mag said NYT Reporting on Plagiarism was 'political attack'
By: Sydney Smith
August 29, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Accusations of plagiarism against author Rick Perlstein were "a political attack ... dressed up as a journalistic ethics controversy," the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin told New York Times public editor Margaret...
Fox News criticized for conflating Muslims, ISIS in James Foley report, AAJA wants apology
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Fox News criticized for conflating Muslims, ISIS in James Foley report, AAJA wants apology
By: Sydney Smith
August 28, 2014 10:39 AM EST
The Asian American Journalists Association called for Fox News to apologize after host Andrea Tantaros' comments about ISIS, Muslims and journalist James Foley's beheading. "Muslims and Islam are not...
Sorry we said your son had 'heroin Dependency,' PCC complaint gets apology
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Sorry we said your son had 'heroin Dependency,' PCC complaint gets apology
By: Sydney Smith
August 28, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Oops? The Middlesborough Evening Gazette wrongly reported a man who died in March was hooked on heroin.  The Gazette article in question reported that the inquest into his death stated he was a heroin...
Sorry for telling you to 'get sexual' with your TAs, Canadian univ paper says
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Sorry for telling you to 'get sexual' with your TAs, Canadian univ paper says
By: Sydney Smith
August 27, 2014 08:38 PM EST
The Western Gazette, the student newspaper for the Univ. of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, apologized for an article telling readers how to date their teaching assistants and other articles in its annual "Frosh...
'No content has been Deleted,' Patch explains why stories have gone missing
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'No content has been Deleted,' Patch explains why stories have gone missing
By: Sydney Smith
August 27, 2014 01:34 PM EST
Did hyperlocal news site Patch delete a mass amount of stories? That's how it appeared when David Rotenstein, a historian based in Georgia and former Patch.com freelancer, contacted iMediaEthics asking about more...
ESPN: Michael Sam showering report didn't 'meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics'
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ESPN: Michael Sam showering report didn't 'meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics'
By: Sydney Smith
August 27, 2014 10:46 AM EST
ESPN apologized for its reporting on Michael Sam's showering habits as an NFL player. “ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards...
Did Newspaper Fake Quote? Sexual Assault Victim Wrongly IDed
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Did Newspaper Fake Quote? Sexual Assault Victim Wrongly IDed
By: Sydney Smith
August 27, 2014 05:00 AM EST
UK newspaper The Kentish Gazette provided enough information about a sexual assault victim that readers could identify her. The newspaper's article also implied it interviewed the victim even though it didn't, and...
Errors in NYTimes Reporting on Darren Wilson
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Errors in NYTimes Reporting on Darren Wilson
By: Sydney Smith
August 26, 2014 08:51 PM EST
Darren Wilson, the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, has been the subject of numerous high-profile news stories in the past days. But the New York Times has had to issue...
LA Weekly 'F*** Suicide' Column, 100s Complain, Henry Rollins 'deeply sorry'
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LA Weekly 'F*** Suicide' Column, 100s Complain, Henry Rollins 'deeply sorry'
By: Sydney Smith
August 26, 2014 06:48 PM EST
Musician Henry Rollins apologized for slamming people who commit suicide in an article for LA Weekly. His Aug. 21 LA Weekly article, titled "F*** Suicide," drew much criticism. t received more than 1000...
Fmr Times Journalist hacked Police officer's e-mail but won't be tried
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Fmr Times Journalist hacked Police officer's e-mail but won't be tried
By: Sydney Smith
August 26, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Former Times of London journalist Patrick Foster, who hacked a police officer's e-mail account in order to identify him as an anonymous blogger, won't be jailed or tried for the hacking, the Guardian...
Calling Michael Brown 'No Angel' a 'Blunder,' NYTimes public editor says
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Calling Michael Brown 'No Angel' a 'Blunder,' NYTimes public editor says
By: Sydney Smith
August 25, 2014 08:21 PM EST
It was "regrettable" that the New York Times called Michael Brown, the 18-year-old killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri  earlier this month, "no angel," Times public editor Margaret...
Philadelphia paper fires editor after Asian slur 'Me Too, Chinky Winky, Dinky Doo'
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Philadelphia paper fires editor after Asian slur 'Me Too, Chinky Winky, Dinky Doo'
By: Sydney Smith
August 25, 2014 11:27 AM EST
The Philadelphia Public Record published racial slurs in its Aug. 21 issue, Philly Mag reported.  In a caption for a photo of eight people, the free weekly newspaper listed the names "Me Too, Chinky Winky and Dinky...
Wash Post Says 'insulting' Redskins name blocked on editorial page
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Wash Post Says 'insulting' Redskins name blocked on editorial page
By: Sydney Smith
August 25, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Washington Post announced Aug. 22 it will no longer use "Redskins," the name of the NFL team the Washington Redskins in its editorial pages. Noting that the editorial board has called for the name to be...
4 Complaints over edited James Foley beheading video, Toronto Star public editor says
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4 Complaints over edited James Foley beheading video, Toronto Star public editor says
By: Sydney Smith
August 24, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Toronto Star published an edited version of the terrorist group ISIS's video showing freelance journalist James Foley being beheaded, the paper's public editor Kathy English reported. ISIS released a video of...
Austrian football team Like Hitler? Incest rapist Josef Fritz? Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet 'unbelievably thoughtless'
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Austrian football team Like Hitler? Incest rapist Josef Fritz? Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet 'unbelievably thoughtless'
By: Sydney Smith
August 23, 2014 04:38 PM EST
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet apologized after one of its columnists compared a football [soccer] team to both Adolf Hitler and the infamous incest rapist Josef Fritzl. The Aug. 12 column, "Direst of football teams...
201 complaints dog Sky News' Malaysian crash coverage, UK broadcast regulator investigating
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201 complaints dog Sky News' Malaysian crash coverage, UK broadcast regulator investigating
By: Sydney Smith
August 23, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Sky News will be investigated by UK broadcast regulator OfCom after host Colin Brazier sifted through a Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 crash victim's belongings, the Guardian reported. "There are grounds to...
How Australian media used James Foley beheading images to save lives?
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How Australian media used James Foley beheading images to save lives?
By: Sydney Smith
August 22, 2014 10:23 PM EST
Earlier this week, terrorist group ISIS released a video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley. How media covered the video and used still images from the graphic video prompted ethical questions, as...
Random People Misidentified as WWI Private, Relative in Photo,  Canadian Press issues Kill Notice,
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Random People Misidentified as WWI Private, Relative in Photo, Canadian Press issues Kill Notice,
By: Sydney Smith
August 22, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Toronto Star, the Canadian Press and The Veterans Affairs in Ottawa all wrongly identified a photo of a man and a woman as of Private Thomas Lawless and his cousin during World War I. Because of the error, the...
BuzzFeed Unpublishes approx. 5,000 posts unfit for 'editorial standards'
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BuzzFeed Unpublishes approx. 5,000 posts unfit for 'editorial standards'
By: Sydney Smith
August 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
BuzzFeed unpublished more than 4,900 posts in April, Gawker reported. While BuzzFeed didn't confirm the count to Gawker, Gawker compared stories per author in mid-April to late April. "Though the precise number...
How Media Covered James Foley beheading: NYPost's front page like death porn (Commentary)
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How Media Covered James Foley beheading: NYPost's front page like death porn (Commentary)
By: Sydney Smith
August 20, 2014 09:51 AM EST
The New York Post went too far this morning with its print edition's cover image showing freelance journalist James Foley about to be beheaded. The front cover, headlined "SAVAGES: ISIS beheads American...
Dutch newspaper posts fake death story for soccer player Johan Cruyff
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Dutch newspaper posts fake death story for soccer player Johan Cruyff
By: Sydney Smith
August 20, 2014 09:26 AM EST
A Dutch newspaper wrongly reported that Johan Cruyff died, the Guardian reported. Cruyff is "Holland's most famous (and best) football player of all time," according to Dutch news site The newspaper...
UK police officer & mom made $4K selling stories to the Sun, sentenced to jail
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UK police officer & mom made $4K selling stories to the Sun, sentenced to jail
By: Sydney Smith
August 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
After selling two stories to the UK Sun, former police officer Thomas Ridgeway pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office and ended up in jail. Ridgeway had his mother sell the stories to the paper and split the cash with...
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson's Home aired on TV, KSDK Apologizes for 'Mistake'
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Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson's Home aired on TV, KSDK Apologizes for 'Mistake'
By: Sydney Smith
August 19, 2014 12:44 PM EST
St. Louis NBC-affiliate news KSDK identified Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson's home in an on-air broadcast Aug. 16. Wilson's fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9 has prompted...
Being Gay is a 'Weird Quirk'? Rooster's Gavin McInnes on leave after offensive Thought Catalog article
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Being Gay is a 'Weird Quirk'? Rooster's Gavin McInnes on leave after offensive Thought Catalog article
By: Sydney Smith
August 19, 2014 11:40 AM EST
After writing for Thought Catalog about transphobia, Gavin McInnes must take an "indefinite leave of absence" from his job as chief creative officer for New York ad agency Rooster, Ad Week reported. McInnes's...
Do Reddit New 'Pressiquette' Guidelines for Journalists Undermine Fair Use?
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Do Reddit New 'Pressiquette' Guidelines for Journalists Undermine Fair Use?
By: Sydney Smith
August 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Reddit has released new advice for journalists reporting on information found on Reddit that appears to undermine fair use in copyright law. The guidelines, titled "pressiquette," request journalists properly...
Julian Assange to leave Embassy? 'Suitcase is Packed' WikiLeaks Spokesperson Says
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Julian Assange to leave Embassy? 'Suitcase is Packed' WikiLeaks Spokesperson Says
By: Sydney Smith
August 18, 2014 07:24 PM EST
Amidst reports of ill health, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been staying at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for two years, gave a press conference Monday indicating he may leave the embassy, the New York Times...
2 Phone Hackers Out of Jail already
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2 Phone Hackers Out of Jail already
By: Sydney Smith
August 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Two convicted News of the World phone hackers have already been released from prison. Former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former news editor Greg Miskiw were "released after serving 37 days of their...
Sexual Assault Victim told UK Sun to leave her alone, it contacted 4 times, PCC rules it's harassment
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Sexual Assault Victim told UK Sun to leave her alone, it contacted 4 times, PCC rules it's harassment
By: Sydney Smith
August 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Sun harassed a sexual assault victim, UK regulatory body the Press Complaints Commission ruled. The victim, whose name is obviously not identified by the PCC, testified for the prosecution about the assault by...
Will former News International lawyers have license suspended over phone hacking investigation?
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Will former News International lawyers have license suspended over phone hacking investigation?
By: Sydney Smith
August 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Two lawyers for News International might end up suspended if found to have covered up phone hacking at the company. "Lawrence Abramson – who worked for the law firm Harbottle & Lewis, which was hired by...
Say 'died by suicide' not 'committed suicide,' Ethical reporting tips on suicide
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Say 'died by suicide' not 'committed suicide,' Ethical reporting tips on suicide
By: Sydney Smith
August 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Globe and Mail public editor Sylvia Stead recommended journalists at her paper abide by ethical guidelines when reporting on suicide in light of Robin Williams' death this week. The paper also purposefully withheld...
Andy Coulson NOT attacked in prison, IB Times posts fake story?
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Andy Coulson NOT attacked in prison, IB Times posts fake story?
By: Sydney Smith
August 15, 2014 12:00 AM EST
The International Business Times falsely reported on Andy Coulson's stay in prison. Andy Coulson has not been attacked while serving his sentence for phone hacking, his former News of the World employee and cell...
Robin Williams NOT drinking while filming CBS' 'Crazy Ones,' NY Post quotes anonymous 'Hollywood insider'
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Robin Williams NOT drinking while filming CBS' 'Crazy Ones,' NY Post quotes anonymous 'Hollywood insider'
By: Sydney Smith
August 14, 2014 10:58 PM EST
Robin Williams had not fallen off the wagon before his death, gossip debunking website Gossip Cop reported. "So much of that story is false that I don’t know where to begin," Williams' representative...
SC's WJBF Aired Debra Harrell's SSN, Address & Phone Number, Harrell is 'Filing Suit'
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SC's WJBF Aired Debra Harrell's SSN, Address & Phone Number, Harrell is 'Filing Suit'
By: Sydney Smith
August 14, 2014 06:15 PM EST
South Carolina TV news station ABC-affiliate WJBF is being sued for airing Debra Harrell's  personal information including her phone number, address and social secuity number. In reporting on Harrell, a local...
Vice Media Fashion site plagiarizes New York Magazine's Lauren Bacall story
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Vice Media Fashion site plagiarizes New York Magazine's Lauren Bacall story
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August 14, 2014 01:23 PM EST
i-D unpublished its article, "Lauren Bacall could teach you a thing or two about style." Vice Media-owned i-D fired a writer for plagiarizing from New York Magazine. The article on fashion website i-D on...
All in fun? Turns out NOT banter, 'Black & Asian show' comment causes BBC to apologize
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All in fun? Turns out NOT banter, 'Black & Asian show' comment causes BBC to apologize
By: Sydney Smith
August 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The BBC had to apologize for a local radio host's "banter" about race, the Guardian reported. BBC host Iain Lee, live and on air during the Aug. 8  BBC's Three Counties Radio breakfast show told...
Why It's wrong to say Robin Williams had 'Demons,' CNN apologizes
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Why It's wrong to say Robin Williams had 'Demons,' CNN apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
August 13, 2014 08:57 PM EST
CNN's Nischelle Turner apologized for saying Robin Williams had "demons" earlier this week in reporting on his Monday death, Media Bistro's TV Newser reported But why is it not OK to say demons?...
Radar Online hits bottom, Posts Photo of Robin Williams at AA meeting
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Radar Online hits bottom, Posts Photo of Robin Williams at AA meeting
By: Sydney Smith
August 13, 2014 04:30 PM EST
Celebrity and entertainment site Radar Online published a photo purporting to show actor Robin Williams, who was found dead this week, at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The photo accompanied an Aug. 11 story titled,...
Did Sun Crime Reporter 'Conspire' to Commit 'Misconduct in Public Office'?
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Did Sun Crime Reporter 'Conspire' to Commit 'Misconduct in Public Office'?
By: Sydney Smith
August 13, 2014 12:46 PM EST
A UK Sun reporter will be charged for "conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office." The UK Crown Prosecution Service announced the two counts of conspiracy against Anthony France yesterday.  The...
Fox News airs WRONG 'Mrs Doubtfire' in Robin Williams report
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Fox News airs WRONG 'Mrs Doubtfire' in Robin Williams report
By: Sydney Smith
August 13, 2014 12:35 PM EST
Fox News showed some random YouTube video clip in its coverage of Robin Williams' death instead of an actual clip from Williams' popular movie Mrs. Doubtfire, Mediaite reported. The clip Fox News...
BBC Investigates, but Denies Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear is racist
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BBC Investigates, but Denies Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear is racist
By: Sydney Smith
August 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The BBC has investigated the car show Top Gear, the Guardian reported. Top Gear and its host Jeremy Clarkson have been in the news recently for controversial remarks made during the program. Viewers complained...
Shameless CBS, KPIX report on Robin Williams at Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings?
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Shameless CBS, KPIX report on Robin Williams at Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings?
By: Sydney Smith
August 12, 2014 08:16 PM EST
CBS News interviewed one of its own employees who claimed to have attended Alcoholics Anonymous with Robin Williams, Mediaite reported. By doing so, CBS News opened a myriad of ethical issues, iMediaEthics...
UK Channel 4 apologizes for 'hang me' clip in Robin Williams story
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UK Channel 4 apologizes for 'hang me' clip in Robin Williams story
By: Sydney Smith
August 12, 2014 07:12 PM EST
And yet another news outlet is apologizing for its coverage of Robin Williams' death. In an on-air report tonight on Williams' death, UK's Channel 4 News showed a clip of Williams acting in the 1987 movie...
'I don't have a lot of sympathy' for Robin Williams, radio host says
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'I don't have a lot of sympathy' for Robin Williams, radio host says
By: Sydney Smith
August 12, 2014 05:57 PM EST
TalkSPORT host Alan Brazil say he had "no sympathy" for Robin Williams, who was found dead by suicide yesterday. TalkSPORT has apologized for and distanced the station from his comments, UK's ITV News...
Robin Williams was a 'Coward'? Fox News' Shep Smith 'just wondering aloud,' But sorry now
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Robin Williams was a 'Coward'? Fox News' Shep Smith 'just wondering aloud,' But sorry now
By: Sydney Smith
August 12, 2014 03:31 PM EST
Fox News' Shepard Smith suggested Robin Williams was a "coward" yesterday in reporting on his death from an apparent suicide yesterday. After Williams was found dead, his spokesperson Mara Buxbaum said...
ABC News airs live video of Robin Williams' home, apologizes
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ABC News airs live video of Robin Williams' home, apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
August 12, 2014 01:10 PM EST
ABC News aired a live stream showing aerial footage of Robin Williams' house last night. ABC News issued a statement to TV Newser saying it took down the stream because "there was no news value." ABC...
Science News re-posts 'Most children under 10 would qualify as sociopaths'
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Science News re-posts 'Most children under 10 would qualify as sociopaths'
By: Sydney Smith
August 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Not known for including comedy or irony in its reports, Science News was apparently duped last month by a satire article from the Onion, Gawker reported. Science News is a magazine published by the Society for Science...
What's behind Seattle Weekly's failure to disclose its writer does PR for company she wrote about?
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What's behind Seattle Weekly's failure to disclose its writer does PR for company she wrote about?
By: Sydney Smith, Rhonda Roland Shearer
August 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Earlier this summer, Seattle Weekly failed to disclose that a writer of one of its recent stories also does public relations for a company about which she wrote. Even worse, iMediaEthics found out that her editor knew about...
No 'Ebola Outbreak in Atlanta,' Yahoo News' Twitter hacked
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No 'Ebola Outbreak in Atlanta,' Yahoo News' Twitter hacked
By: Sydney Smith
August 10, 2014 08:08 PM EST
Yahoo News' Twitter account was hacked this afternoon and a fake tweet claiming there was an "Ebola outbreak in Atlanta" was posted, BuzzFeed reported. The fake tweet posted by hackers said,...
Sacramento Bee Denies Editorials Have Been Influenced by Conflict of interest
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Sacramento Bee Denies Editorials Have Been Influenced by Conflict of interest
By: Sydney Smith
August 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Sacramento Bee ended its relationship with editorial board member Pia Lopez because of her conflicts of interest. Lopez's conflicts of interest related to "topics addressed by the board and campaign...
ESPN's Max Kellerman suspended after admitting slapping then-girlfriend
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ESPN's Max Kellerman suspended after admitting slapping then-girlfriend
By: Sydney Smith
August 09, 2014 08:11 PM EST
ESPN suspended radio host Max Kellerman after he confessed to slapping his girlfriend-at-the-time many years ago, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Max Kellerman will return to ESPNLA Radio and SportsNation on...
Caught! Ashton Kutcher's News Site A+ Plagiarized BuzzFeed, Huff Post
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Caught! Ashton Kutcher's News Site A+ Plagiarized BuzzFeed, Huff Post
By: Sydney Smith
August 09, 2014 04:40 PM EST
Ashton Kutcher-funded and co-founded website Aplus.com aka A+ stole content from BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Cracked and numerous other outlets without attribution, online news site the Daily Dot reported. When the Daily...
'Torture'? NY Times uses textbook, not legal definition
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'Torture'? NY Times uses textbook, not legal definition
By: Sydney Smith
August 09, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The New York Times will start using the word "torture" when reporting on "incidents in which we know for sure that interrogators inflicted pain on a prisoner in an effort to get information," Times...
ESPN's Dan LeBatard Suspended after LeBron James billboard stunt
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ESPN's Dan LeBatard Suspended after LeBron James billboard stunt
By: Sydney Smith
August 08, 2014 06:26 PM EST
ESPN TV and radio host Dan LeBatard was suspended for two days after he rented a billboard and tried to buy a newspaper ad to criticize NBA player LeBron James. ESPN told iMediaEthics by e-mail: "Dan LeBatard...
Fake Photo of Coke bottles fools Buzzfeed, Huff Post, UK Metro, No fact checking
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Fake Photo of Coke bottles fools Buzzfeed, Huff Post, UK Metro, No fact checking
By: Sydney Smith
August 08, 2014 03:44 PM EST
BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and a bunch of sites fell for a fake photo that purported to picture Coca Cola bottles lined up to show the names of several women whose names were featured in the 1999 one-hit wonder song by Lou...
Editor Blames Her Ghost Writer for Plagiarizing in Muscle & Fitness Hers Mag blogpost
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Editor Blames Her Ghost Writer for Plagiarizing in Muscle & Fitness Hers Mag blogpost
By: Sydney Smith
August 08, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine unpublished at least two blog posts after discovering they were plagiarized, Media Bistro's Fishbowl NY reported. Weird thing was the byline for the stolen text was the...
Source lied about his HIV story, Washington Post unpublishes
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Source lied about his HIV story, Washington Post unpublishes
By: Sydney Smith
August 07, 2014 06:50 PM EST
The Washington Post unpublished 2,000 words of an article about HIV diagnoses after learning its source made up his story. In an editor's note at the top of the article, the Post explains its source faked...
3 Perjury Charges for former News of the World's Andy Coulson
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3 Perjury Charges for former News of the World's Andy Coulson
By: Sydney Smith
August 07, 2014 02:19 PM EST
Andy Coulson has been charged with three counts of perjury. Last month, Coulson was called to court in Scotland related to the charges. He was accused of lying during a 2010 court case there about phone hacking. Coulson...
Edward Snowden Gets Relief, Permit for 3 more years in Russia
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Edward Snowden Gets Relief, Permit for 3 more years in Russia
By: Sydney Smith
August 07, 2014 10:52 AM EST
Edward Snowden, the American contract employee who leaked classified information, gets to stay for three more years in Russia. Snowden leaked a cache of documents on U.S. surveillance to journalist Glenn Greenwald last...
Will Tulisa Contostavlos sue the UK Sun, Undercover reporter?
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Will Tulisa Contostavlos sue the UK Sun, Undercover reporter?
By: Sydney Smith
August 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
UK singer Tulisa Contostavlos wants to sue Mazher Mahmood, an undercover reporter for the UK Sun because she couldn't get a job for more than a year after his report claiming she helped him get cocaine, the UK People...
Aboriginal Surfer has 'ape-ish face'? Surfer Life Mag offers 'apologies to Indigenous community'
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Aboriginal Surfer has 'ape-ish face'? Surfer Life Mag offers 'apologies to Indigenous community'
By: Sydney Smith
August 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Surfer Otis Carey has filed his second lawsuit against the media over a profile that called him "apeish" and that he found racist. Australia's Surfing Life magazine profiled Carey in a March article...
Drunk CNN Reporter 'Furiously' Bites EMTs in Baghdad?
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Drunk CNN Reporter 'Furiously' Bites EMTs in Baghdad?
By: Sydney Smith
August 05, 2014 03:03 PM EST
Two EMTs in Iraq are suing CNN, alleging CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon was "seriously intoxicated," bit and hurt the EMTs last month, TMZ reported. The alleged incident happened at the...
Irish Businessman not 'frontman for Qataris,' Spectator apologizes
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Irish Businessman not 'frontman for Qataris,' Spectator apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
August 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
UK magazine The Spectator apologized after wrongly calling Paddy McKillen the "front man for the Qataris" in a hotel investment. McKillen is an Irish businessman. He sued the Spectator for defamation over its...
Anti-semitism at Sydney Morning Herald? Gaza cartoon retracted
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Anti-semitism at Sydney Morning Herald? Gaza cartoon retracted
By: Sydney Smith
August 04, 2014 10:32 AM EST
The Sydney Morning Herald retracted and said it was "wrong" to publish a July 26 cartoon about Gaza that has been accused of racism. In an August 3 editorial, the Sydney Morning Herald admitted the cartoon...
Toddler (Adele's Son) wins Invasion of Privacy Settlement from Corbis Photo Agency
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Toddler (Adele's Son) wins Invasion of Privacy Settlement from Corbis Photo Agency
By: Sydney Smith
August 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A UK photo agency must pay Adele's toddler son to settle a lawsuit and promised not to re-publish photos it took of the child.  Adele and her partner sued for invasion of privacy over the photos, according to the...
Sarah Palin's interview didn't call Obama Hitler, Jezebel duped
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Sarah Palin's interview didn't call Obama Hitler, Jezebel duped
By: Sydney Smith
August 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Gawker-owned blog Jezebel was duped by a satire story from The National Report, Mediaite reported. Jezebel published a story titled, “Sarah Palin Interviews Guy Who Calls the President ‘N*gger...
Israeli military wanted prior review of New York Times articles on soldier Goldin
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Israeli military wanted prior review of New York Times articles on soldier Goldin
By: Sydney Smith
August 02, 2014 09:22 PM EST
Israel's military censor wanted prior review of the New York Times' article on Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, a missing Israeli officer now believed dead. In the Times' August 1 article, "Gaza Fighting...
Atlantic's David Frum accused NYT of fake Gaza photos, Then backed off
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Atlantic's David Frum accused NYT of fake Gaza photos, Then backed off
By: Sydney Smith
August 02, 2014 06:32 PM EST
The Atlantic's senior editor David Frum says he falsely accused the New York Times, Reuters and other news outlets of publishing staged, fake photos from Gaza and has apologized. The photos in question showed two...
Max Mosley sues Google, wants 2008 Sex Party Pics gone
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Max Mosley sues Google, wants 2008 Sex Party Pics gone
By: Sydney Smith
August 02, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Max Mosley is suing Google UK to get the company to take down pictures of him at a sex party. Mosley is the former head of Formula 1 racing and son of British Union of Fascists founder Oswald Mosley. He sued the News of...
Genocide is Encouraged? Times of Israel, 5 Towns Jewish Times unpublish
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Genocide is Encouraged? Times of Israel, 5 Towns Jewish Times unpublish
By: Sydney Smith
August 01, 2014 10:40 PM EST
Times of Israel and New York website Five Towns Jewish Times both unpublished a blogpost calling for genocide in Gaza. The blogpost, by Yochanon Gordon, was titled "When Genocide is Permissible." It...
Asian Man called 'Offensive Racial Term' in BBC Burma Top Gear program by Jeremy Clarkson.
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Asian Man called 'Offensive Racial Term' in BBC Burma Top Gear program by Jeremy Clarkson.
By: Sydney Smith
August 01, 2014 10:10 AM EST
UK broadcast regulator OfCom ruled against BBC's Jeremy Clarkson for having "deliberately" said an "offensive racial term" on air. Two complaints were filed over the segment. The program...
KY Reporter criticizes advertiser on Facebook, Gets Fired
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KY Reporter criticizes advertiser on Facebook, Gets Fired
By: Sydney Smith
August 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Ashland Daily Independent in Kentucky fired reporter Ken Hart over one of his Facebook posts, Jim Romenesko reported. His post criticized local car dealer Fannin Auotmotive's TV commercial.  His publisher...
Plagiarism at the NYTimes? Newspaper responds, public editor weighs in
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Plagiarism at the NYTimes? Newspaper responds, public editor weighs in
By: Sydney Smith
July 31, 2014 10:34 AM EST
The New York Times responded to plagiarism accusations against staff member of 31 years Carol Vogel today by adding an editor's note to Vogel's July 24 article, "A Renaissance Master Finally Gets a...
Fake Boko Haram comment by Sandra Fluke dupes Rabbi, San Diego Jewish World
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Fake Boko Haram comment by Sandra Fluke dupes Rabbi, San Diego Jewish World
By: Sydney Smith
July 31, 2014 05:00 AM EST
San Diego Jewish World published fake quotes purportedly from an interview by NPR with Sandra Fluke. The author of the San Diego Jewish World article, Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel, apologized and retracted his column. San...
NBC News airs unverified Gaza video, UN spokesperson hits back
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NBC News airs unverified Gaza video, UN spokesperson hits back
By: Sydney Smith
July 30, 2014 09:00 PM EST
NBC News aired a video released by the Israeli government of rockets fired in the Middle East on its Meet the Press program Sunday, without checking its accuracy, Mediaite reported. Meet the Press host David Gregory...
2 more Journalists charged with Phone Hacking Conspiracy
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2 more Journalists charged with Phone Hacking Conspiracy
By: Sydney Smith
July 30, 2014 03:34 PM EST
Two more former News of the World staff were charged in the phone hacking investigation, the Press Gazette reported. Jules Stenson, who was a features editor, and Neil Wallis, who was a deputy editor, were charged...
New Zealand newspaper used wrong photo of dead soldier on front page
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New Zealand newspaper used wrong photo of dead soldier on front page
By: Sydney Smith
July 30, 2014 01:18 PM EST
The New Zealand Herald mixed up New Zealand-born soldier Guy Boyland with Ryan Dunn, the former star of MTV's "Jackass." Boyland was killed in Gaza and a report on his death were published on the front...
NY Daily News, AP contacted parody Twitter account to fact check, Still  ran story
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NY Daily News, AP contacted parody Twitter account to fact check, Still ran story
By: Sydney Smith
July 30, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Both the New York Daily News and the Associated Press were hoaxed by a parody Twitter account @BicycleLobby last week that took responsibility for raising two bleached American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge, as iMediaEthics...
Did Michele Bachmann want 'Americanization' labor camps for immigrants? News outlets hoaxed
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Did Michele Bachmann want 'Americanization' labor camps for immigrants? News outlets hoaxed
By: Sydney Smith
July 29, 2014 03:02 PM EST
Several news outlets were hoaxed by a satire article claiming Michele Bachmann called for immigrant children to move into "Americanization Facilities," or labor camps, Gawker reported. The story originated from...
Women provoke abuse? ESPN Stephen Smith suspended after apology
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Women provoke abuse? ESPN Stephen Smith suspended after apology
By: Sydney Smith
July 29, 2014 12:03 PM EST
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith apologized on air yesterday for suggesting women "provoke" assault, The Guardian reported. An ESPN spokesperson just emailed iMediaEthics a statement that sounds like he was...
Russia Today Broadcasts Draw UK Complaints, Bias and Dead Bodies in Malaysian crash offends
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Russia Today Broadcasts Draw UK Complaints, Bias and Dead Bodies in Malaysian crash offends
By: Sydney Smith
July 29, 2014 05:00 AM EST
UK viewers have complained to broadcast regulator OfCom about the coverage of Malaysian Airlines crash flight 17 by Russia Today. Russian Today describes itself as "the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel...
UK Mail accuses psychic of 'scam,' pays $214K libel settlement
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UK Mail accuses psychic of 'scam,' pays $214K libel settlement
By: Sydney Smith
July 28, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Daily Mail must pay £125,000 (about $214,000) to a TV psychic for calling her a phony, the UK Press Gazette reported. The Mail accused Sally Morgan, who also goes by the name "Psychic Sally," of...
California newspaper's excuse: It's not plagiarism, it's 'anthology'
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California newspaper's excuse: It's not plagiarism, it's 'anthology'
By: Sydney Smith
July 27, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Paper, a free, small community newspaper in California, has offered a unique excuse for plagiarism -- anthology. "We don't see it as plagiarism," the paper's editor and publisher Lyle E. Davis...
41 cases of plagiarism at BuzzFeed, Benny Johnson fired
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41 cases of plagiarism at BuzzFeed, Benny Johnson fired
By: Sydney Smith
July 26, 2014 10:25 AM EST
BuzzFeed fired one of its editors, Benny Johnson, after finding 41 cases of plagiarism in his articles. BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith published a lengthy apology and explanation to readers July 25. Smith said BuzzFeed...
Former NOTW cooperated with hacking trial, gets lighter sentence for hacking, misconduct
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Former NOTW cooperated with hacking trial, gets lighter sentence for hacking, misconduct
By: Sydney Smith
July 26, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Former News of the World journalist Dan Evans was sentenced this week for his role in phone hacking at News of the World and the Sunday Mirror, the Guardian reported. Evans "admitted listening to more than 1,000...
UK Times Tennis Reporter suspended, 'At Least 42' instances of Plagiarism by Neil Harman
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UK Times Tennis Reporter suspended, 'At Least 42' instances of Plagiarism by Neil Harman
By: Sydney Smith
July 25, 2014 05:17 PM EST
The Times of London's tennis reporter, Neil Harman, has admitted to plagiarism in writing that appeared in a 2013 annual for Wimbledon. After the accusations and admission, Harman was suspended "pending an...
 Fired Editor sues, 'gaystapo' blogpost was 'theologically based'
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Fired Editor sues, 'gaystapo' blogpost was 'theologically based'
By: Sydney Smith
July 25, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Bob Eschliman, the editor of the Newton (Iowa) Daily News, is suing his publisher after he was fired from the newspaper for his anti-gay comments in a personal blogpost. Eschliman criticized the "LGBTQXYZ...
Mystery of the upside down American White Flag at Brooklyn Bridge
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Mystery of the upside down American White Flag at Brooklyn Bridge
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer, Sydney Smith
July 24, 2014 05:30 PM EST
Major news outlets have been speculating reasons for the bleached white American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge, but  in at least one image, one of the flags is upside down, as shown above. iMediaEthics learned...
Sun Reporter Suspended after Pop Star's criminal trial is dismissed
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Sun Reporter Suspended after Pop Star's criminal trial is dismissed
By: Sydney Smith
July 24, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Sun suspended undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood this...
OfCom gets 200+ Complaints over Sky News Malaysian Crash Coverage
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OfCom gets 200+ Complaints over Sky News Malaysian Crash Coverage
By: Sydney Smith
July 23, 2014 07:42 PM EST
OfCom, the UK broadcast regulator, has received more than 200 complaints over this past Sunday's on-air live segment where reporter Colin Brazier went through a Malaysian Airlines crash victim's...
Dutch Reporter Violates MH17 Victim's Privacy,  Reads Diary On Air
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Dutch Reporter Violates MH17 Victim's Privacy, Reads Diary On Air
By: Sydney Smith
July 23, 2014 05:31 PM EST
Dutch TV broadcaster EenVandaag apologized after its reporter Caroline Van Den Heuvel picked up and read from a diary of one of the Malaysian crash victims on flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. English language...
AP, NYDaily News duped by parody Twitter account, Bike Lobby didn't put white flags on Brooklyn Bridge
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AP, NYDaily News duped by parody Twitter account, Bike Lobby didn't put white flags on Brooklyn Bridge
By: Sydney Smith
July 23, 2014 11:00 AM EST
Both the Associated Press and New York Daily News were tricked by a parody account claiming it was responsible for putting two white flags atop the Brooklyn...
MH17 crash victims' belongings, ABC Australia reporter also tampers with crime scene
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MH17 crash victims' belongings, ABC Australia reporter also tampers with crime scene
By: Sydney Smith
July 23, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Sky News' Colin Brazier wasn't the only reporter sifting through luggage of victims of Malaysian Airlines flight 17. Australian reporter Phil Williams of Australian Broadcasting Corp. also poked around the...
New York Post's Ugly, Sexist Stereotype of Nuns
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New York Post's Ugly, Sexist Stereotype of Nuns
By: Sydney Smith
July 22, 2014 05:25 PM EST
The New York Post promoted the sexist and rude stereotype of angry nuns hitting disobedient children this weekend. Alongside the print edition of the story, the Post included what appears to be a photo illustration or...
MH17 Crash: NYT defends front-page photo of dead body
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MH17 Crash: NYT defends front-page photo of dead body
By: Sydney Smith
July 22, 2014 04:48 PM EST
The New York Times received numerous complaints over its front page photo of a Malaysian crash victim with a plastic covering, public editor Margaret Sullivan reported. The photo, published on Saturday, July 19, 2014...
Sky News reporter apologizes for riffling through Malaysia crash victims' luggage
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Sky News reporter apologizes for riffling through Malaysia crash victims' luggage
By: Sydney Smith
July 22, 2014 12:39 PM EST
Sky News reporter Colin Brazier apologized for riffling through a Malaysian Flight 17 crash victim's luggage. During a live segment on Sky News this weekend, Brazier went through a suitcase and even commented...
Readers slam Russian govt-sponsored news for MH17 coverage
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Readers slam Russian govt-sponsored news for MH17 coverage
By: Sydney Smith
July 22, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Readers critiized Russia Beyond the Headlines over its coverage of the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, Lara McCoy Roslof wrote. Russia Beyond the Headlines describes itself as a print and online news outlet...
London Bridge WON'T be torn down for 'Marijuana Mecca,' UK Sun retracts sourceless claim
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London Bridge WON'T be torn down for 'Marijuana Mecca,' UK Sun retracts sourceless claim
By: Sydney Smith
July 21, 2014 08:25 PM EST
The UK Sun falsely reported London Bridge might be torn down to build a "MARIJUANA mecca." Not that London Bridge. A London Bridge in Arizona, near Lake Havasu. The bridge was bought from the British...
Fake! Air Force One Didn't Crash, Wall Street Journal hacked
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Fake! Air Force One Didn't Crash, Wall Street Journal hacked
By: Sydney Smith
July 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST
The Wall Street Journal's Facebook page was hacked this weekend and fake stories were published, Mediaite reported. The two fake stories claimed Air Force...
'2 Remaining Suspects' for Phone Hacking; 6 Journalists Won't Be Charged
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'2 Remaining Suspects' for Phone Hacking; 6 Journalists Won't Be Charged
By: Sydney Smith
July 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge six journalists with phone hacking last week. According to the Press Gazette, the six had been "questioned by police" related to "suspicion of...
Reporter tampers with Malaysian crash scene, goes through victim's suitcase
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Reporter tampers with Malaysian crash scene, goes through victim's suitcase
By: Sydney Smith
July 20, 2014 05:47 PM EST
Sky News admitted it was "inappropriate" for one of its reporters to go through a Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 victim's luggage on air. Sky News's Colin Brazier even commented when he was poking...
Breastfeeding NOT cause for cancer, UK newspaper's graphic fail
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Breastfeeding NOT cause for cancer, UK newspaper's graphic fail
By: Sydney Smith
July 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Metro reported earlier this year that breastfeeding is a cause of cancer. But it wasn't true. Two people complained to the Press Complaints Commission, flagging the accuracy of the Metro's...
A fair breaking news MH17 headline or bad taste? CNN Reporter 'sees bodies' in Malaysia flight wreckage
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A fair breaking news MH17 headline or bad taste? CNN Reporter 'sees bodies' in Malaysia flight wreckage
By: Sydney Smith
July 19, 2014 12:37 PM EST
CNN is promoting at the top of its web page that its reporter "sees bodies" from the Malaysia Airlines plane crash. The flight, Malaysian Airlines flight 17, was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. With 298...
MH17 Coverage: MSNBC airs prank call, fake interview with US Embassy in Ukraine
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MH17 Coverage: MSNBC airs prank call, fake interview with US Embassy in Ukraine
By: Sydney Smith
July 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
MSNBC boasted it secured an "eyewitness exclusive" report about the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine this week. But, MSNBC was duped and aired a prank call. Making matters worse, the MSNBC reporter...
CNN apologizes, re-assigns reporter calling Israelis 'scum'
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CNN apologizes, re-assigns reporter calling Israelis 'scum'
By: Sydney Smith
July 18, 2014 12:20 PM EST
CNN apologized after a correspondent called a group of Israelis "scum" in a tweet. The network also pulled the reporter, Diana Magnay, from covering Gaza and she will now cover Moscow, according to the...
'We're lying,' Sara Firth quits Russia Today over Malaysia crash coverage
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'We're lying,' Sara Firth quits Russia Today over Malaysia crash coverage
By: Sydney Smith
July 18, 2014 11:52 AM EST
Russia Today reporter Sara Firth resigned this morning after accusing the state-run news channel of airing fake claims about yesterday's Malaysian Airlines crash. "It's flying with that border of overtly...
Was balding Heir to the Throne's Hair Photoshopped in Vanity Fair? 'We obviously did not add more hair' to Prince William'
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Was balding Heir to the Throne's Hair Photoshopped in Vanity Fair? 'We obviously did not add more hair' to Prince William'
By: Sydney Smith
July 18, 2014 11:41 AM EST
Vanity Fair has been accused of Photoshopping its cover image of Prince William, Kate Middleton and their baby Prince George. But, while Middleton has been the subject of photo doctoring before, this time, it's...
'Torture, Mutilation & Murder' Costs Discovery Channel $171,000 in UK
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'Torture, Mutilation & Murder' Costs Discovery Channel $171,000 in UK
By: Sydney Smith
July 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
UK broadcast regulator OfCom fined the Investigation Discovery channel £100,000 (about $171,000 U.S.) for airing eight graphic episodes of a true crime program. Ofcom released its ruling July 16. Last summer,...
Are Cop Shootings Caused By Black Men 'Without Fathers'? NJ News 12 TV reporter says so
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Are Cop Shootings Caused By Black Men 'Without Fathers'? NJ News 12 TV reporter says so
By: Sydney Smith
July 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A New Jersey TV reporter was suspended and later quit for claiming the "underlying cause" of the recent murder of a police officer was because of "young black men growing up without fathers." The...
Daily Mail falsely accuses UK politician, pays $26K libel settlement
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Daily Mail falsely accuses UK politician, pays $26K libel settlement
By: Sydney Smith
July 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Daily Mail falsely accused UK politician Tom Clarke of having a personal interest in voting on expense repayment. Clarke is a member of Parliament. The Mail wrongly reported that he was criticized for his expenses in...
Being hoaxed was 'crushing & embarrassing,' Peta Pixel says, Battle of the Bulge WWII Photos NOT discovered
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Being hoaxed was 'crushing & embarrassing,' Peta Pixel says, Battle of the Bulge WWII Photos NOT discovered
By: Sydney Smith
July 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Several sites, including Peta Pixel, Gawker blog io9 and Popular Photography, reported the exciting news that there had been a recent discovery of a World War II soldier's camera and photos of the Battle of the...
Rob Ford's Rehab: Anonymous sources say he fought and 'broke things'
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Rob Ford's Rehab: Anonymous sources say he fought and 'broke things'
By: Sydney Smith
July 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Did Toronto's troubled mayor Rob Ford get "into fights" and break things while in rehab? The Toronto Star said so based on a fuzzy number of anonymous sources. Regular Joes and Janes would likely never have...
Sleeping Yankees Fan sues ESPN, Major League Baseball & Yankees
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Sleeping Yankees Fan sues ESPN, Major League Baseball & Yankees
By: Sydney Smith
July 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A man who was shown on national TV sleeping during a Yankees-Red Sox game has filed a lawsuit agianst ESPN, Major League Baseball and Yankees, the New York Times reported. The man, Andrew R. Rector, is suing for $10...
Angelina Jolie to sue The Mail over claim of heroin addiction in 1999 video?
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Angelina Jolie to sue The Mail over claim of heroin addiction in 1999 video?
By: Sydney Smith
July 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Daily Mail has been busy with legal threats from celebrities this week. The London Times  reports that Angelina Jolie is suing the Daily Mail for publishing a 1999 video of her that, it claimed, showed her...
George Clooney blows off Mail's 'premeditated lie' and 'coverup'
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George Clooney blows off Mail's 'premeditated lie' and 'coverup'
By: Sydney Smith
July 11, 2014 10:23 AM EST
Rescue Team Didn't Try to Revive 17 dismembered bodies in Kentucky
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Rescue Team Didn't Try to Revive 17 dismembered bodies in Kentucky
By: Sydney Smith
July 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Many social media users have been duped by a satire story claiming 17 dismembered bodies were found in Kentucky.  The satire story had 200,000 shares on Facebook as of July 9 for its publisher by Empire News. The...
Jakarta Post ISIS cartoon offended Islamists, Retracts, Apologizes for 'religious symbolism"
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Jakarta Post ISIS cartoon offended Islamists, Retracts, Apologizes for 'religious symbolism"
By: Sydney Smith
July 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Jakarta Post apologized July 8 for an offensive cartoon about the terrorist group ISIS. The cartoon was published July 3 in print. According to the apology, "The cartoon contained religious symbolism that may...
After Denial, Australian Man Admits to Impersonating a Reporter
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After Denial, Australian Man Admits to Impersonating a Reporter
By: Sydney Smith
July 09, 2014 02:00 PM EST
iMediaEthics wrote about an Australian man accused of posing as a Sky News reporter and interviewing the professional soccer player Kane Cornes a few months ago.   We later heard from the person at the center...
Daily Mail apologizes after George Clooney slams bogus fiance story
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Daily Mail apologizes after George Clooney slams bogus fiance story
By: Sydney Smith
July 09, 2014 11:42 AM EST
The Daily Mail unpublished a story George Clooney called "completely fabricated." It also apologized for the claims and said it would investigate the matter. The Mail had claimed Clooney's fiance's...
Next Court Action for Andy Coulson? Perjury Hearing in Scotland
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Next Court Action for Andy Coulson? Perjury Hearing in Scotland
By: Sydney Smith
July 09, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Now that the phone hacking trial is over, Andy Coulson has to go to court in Scotland to deal with a perjury charge against him, the Associated Press reported. As iMediaEthics wrote earlier this month, Coulson was...
2 News Anchors Called Filipino Policeman 'Thief,' Sued for Libel
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2 News Anchors Called Filipino Policeman 'Thief,' Sued for Libel
By: Sydney Smith
July 08, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Filipino TV broadcasters Raffy and Erwin Tulfo were sued for libel after reportedly calling a police officer a thief on air almost three years ago. During the Nov. 19, 2011 episode of their public affairs show T3, the...
Wash Times wrongly accuses man of funding ISIS, apologizes
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Wash Times wrongly accuses man of funding ISIS, apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
July 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Washington Times wrongly accused a Saudi businessman of funding the terrorist group ISIS. The June 17 article,  "Turkey’s support for ISIS Islamist terrorists. Aiding jihadists could put Ankara at...
 Tainted NYT Journalist Got Freebie: Akhil Sharma's free hotel stay broke ethics rules
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Tainted NYT Journalist Got Freebie: Akhil Sharma's free hotel stay broke ethics rules
By: Sydney Smith
July 06, 2014 01:40 PM EST
Freelancer Akhil Sharma didn't just take freebies for travel articles he wrote for the Wall Street Journal; he also took a free hotel stay for an article he wrote for the New York Times, Jim Romenesko reported this...
NYC paper calls Obama the N-Word
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NYC paper calls Obama the N-Word
By: Sydney Smith
July 06, 2014 01:05 PM EST
A West Village, New York City newspaper used the n-word in a headline about President Barack Obama. WestView News, an 11-year-old newspaper that calls itself "the voice of the West Village," published an...
Doctored Dogf**ker Photo offensive, says Australian Govt Regulator
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Doctored Dogf**ker Photo offensive, says Australian Govt Regulator
By: Sydney Smith
July 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
 A skit on ABC-Australia that showed a doctored photo of a reporter having sex with a dog broke the Australian government regulator's  guidelines, As iMediaEthics has written, last year, the ABC aired a...
'Wire' creator David Simon slams HuffPost for publishing libel
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'Wire' creator David Simon slams HuffPost for publishing libel
By: Sydney Smith
July 05, 2014 12:37 PM EST
The Huffington Post corrected a blogpost that wrongly stated "The Wire" creator David Simon was fired from the Baltimore Sun. The blogpost was written by Linda Williams, who also has written a book about the...
 'Racially-Charged & Hate-Filled Remarks' got XM radio Anthony Cumia Fired
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'Racially-Charged & Hate-Filled Remarks' got XM radio Anthony Cumia Fired
By: Sydney Smith
July 05, 2014 12:01 PM EST
Sirius XM radio fired Anthony Cumia of "The Opie and Anthony Show" after he tweeted "racially-charged and hate-filled remarks" earlier this week. Sirius XM Senior Vice President of Communications...
Why Andy Coulson got 18 Months for Phone Hacking
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Why Andy Coulson got 18 Months for Phone Hacking
By: Sydney Smith
July 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Andy Coulson, a former News of the World editor, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for phone hacking yesterday morning. The maximum sentence was two years. Four others were sentenced with Coulson: Former News of the...
'The Wire' creator says HuffPost, Duke U Book Libeled Him
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'The Wire' creator says HuffPost, Duke U Book Libeled Him
By: Sydney Smith
July 04, 2014 12:25 PM EST
Writer and creator of "The Wire" David Simon accused writer Linda Williams of publishing a libelous error in her book and a Huffington Post blogpost. WIlliams wrongly claimed, Simon says, that he was fired from...
Hot Mugshot Guy Hoax: No $30K modeling contract!
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Hot Mugshot Guy Hoax: No $30K modeling contract!
By: Sydney Smith
July 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
It was too good to check! So many media outlet fell hook, line and sinker for a fake story claiming that Jeremy Meeks, whose mugshot has gone viral this week, got a modeling contract, Gawker reported. Gawker, which...
Fooled twice, Deseret News gets Plagiarism Detection software
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Fooled twice, Deseret News gets Plagiarism Detection software
By: Sydney Smith
July 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Deseret News has started using plagiarism detecting software PlagScan to help the paper make sure it doesn't publish plagiarized material, Utah's City Weekly reported. The Deseret News is a Utah daily...
Iraqi journalists Bribed? NYT bureau chief sorry for 'blanket' statement
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Iraqi journalists Bribed? NYT bureau chief sorry for 'blanket' statement
By: Sydney Smith
July 02, 2014 05:00 AM EST
New York Times foreign correspondent and Kabul bureau chief Rod Nordland apologized June 30 after tweeting that Iraqi journalists were paid off by the army, the Huffington Post reported. "I would like to apologize...
Bribery Re-Trial for Andy Coulson, Clive Goodman, Accused of Pay-Offs to Police for Info on Royals
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Bribery Re-Trial for Andy Coulson, Clive Goodman, Accused of Pay-Offs to Police for Info on Royals
By: Sydney Smith
July 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman will be re-tried for two counts of bribery related to the phone hacking scandal in the UK. The bribery charges stem from accusations Coulson and Goodman tried to pay police officers for...
'Mistakes Happen,' How Fake Quotes About Women Having Small Brains Got Published
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'Mistakes Happen,' How Fake Quotes About Women Having Small Brains Got Published
By: Sydney Smith
June 30, 2014 08:12 PM EST
In another cautionary tale about not checking facts, last month, the Frederick News-Post in Maryland admitted that it published fake quotes that said American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray thought women have...
Dismissed! George Zimmerman libel lawsuit against NBC fizzles
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Dismissed! George Zimmerman libel lawsuit against NBC fizzles
By: Sydney Smith
June 30, 2014 11:04 AM EST
George Zimmerman's libel lawsuit against NBC has been dismissed. Zimmerman sued NBC for libel in 2012 for doctoring his 911 call after shooting Trayvon Martin and for saying he used a racial epithet in the...
NPR Reports Hundreds of Children Buried in Irish Septic Tank, Posts Correction
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NPR Reports Hundreds of Children Buried in Irish Septic Tank, Posts Correction
By: Sydney Smith
June 30, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Gore creates clicks; never mind if it's not fact checked. Hundreds of children were not discovered buried in a mass unmarked grave in a septic tank in Tuam, Ireland. The Associated Press issued a whopper of a...
Toronto Star Needs Diversity in its Newsroom
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Toronto Star Needs Diversity in its Newsroom
By: Sydney Smith
June 29, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Toronto Star needs to do more to include diversity in its newspaper, public editor Kathy English wrote earlier this month. To help achieve this goal, staff must constantly ask this question, English...
Google NOT building a pool in East River, Wash Post Unpublished 'flawed' story
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Google NOT building a pool in East River, Wash Post Unpublished 'flawed' story
By: Sydney Smith
June 28, 2014 01:23 PM EST
The Washington Post unpublished an article saying Google was building a pool in New York City's East River. The Post admitted in its editor's note that the story "overlooked that Google has no financial or...
 Irish children in septic tank mass graves? AP issues mass correction
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Irish children in septic tank mass graves? AP issues mass correction
By: Sydney Smith
June 28, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Associated Press issued a large correction to stories earlier this month that claimed Irish children staying in a Catholic Church home for children of unwed mothers were buried in mass graves. The attention-getting...
Look-a-Like Brazilian Soccer Coach Gave World Cup Interview, 2 Newspapers correct, apologize
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Look-a-Like Brazilian Soccer Coach Gave World Cup Interview, 2 Newspapers correct, apologize
By: Sydney Smith
June 27, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Brazilian journalist Mario Sergio Conti was duped by a look-a-like soccer coach into publishing fake quotes. Conti published an interview with Brazil soccer coach Luiz Felipe Scolari talking about the World Cup and...
 Irish Independent plagiarized Irish Times story
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Irish Independent plagiarized Irish Times story
By: Sydney Smith
June 26, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Irish Independent plagiarized an Irish Times' article, iMediaEthics discovered.  Almost all of the Independent's report is taken word-for-word from the Times, including copying and pasting from the...
Gawker Reviewing 'Aggregation' policies after 'Similarities' to Miami New Times article
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Gawker Reviewing 'Aggregation' policies after 'Similarities' to Miami New Times article
By: Sydney Smith
June 25, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Gawker suspended writer Jay Hathaway for a week after a reader pointed out "several similarities" in his June 20 article to a Miami New Times article. Hathaway's article was titled, "Florida 'Foot...
Phone Hacking Verdicts: Andy Coulson GUILTY, Rebekah Brooks NOT GUILTY
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Phone Hacking Verdicts: Andy Coulson GUILTY, Rebekah Brooks NOT GUILTY
By: Sydney Smith
June 24, 2014 11:29 AM EST
Some of the verdicts in the UK phone hacking trial have come in today. Rebekah Brooks, the former News International CEO who resigned in 2011 as more and more phone hacking accusations were laid at the company, was...
Are Journalists obliged to end stereotypes & hate speech in reporting? [Oslo Media Ethics event]
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Are Journalists obliged to end stereotypes & hate speech in reporting? [Oslo Media Ethics event]
By: Sydney Smith
June 24, 2014 05:00 AM EST
"What ethical responsibility do journalists have to eliminate hate speech and stereotypical reporting?" EuroPride Oslo 2014 is hosting a journalism ethics event this month in Oslo to discuss that question and...
How NYT Handled Stories about Discredited Source, Somaly Mam & Long Pross
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How NYT Handled Stories about Discredited Source, Somaly Mam & Long Pross
By: Sydney Smith
June 23, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A Newsweek cover story claimed that two women, Somaly Mam and Long Pross, faked portions of their stories of being sex slaves in Cambodia. This claim of fakery impacts the women sources and the New York Times, whose...
George Will Dumped After College Sexual Assault 'Victimhood' Column
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George Will Dumped After College Sexual Assault 'Victimhood' Column
By: Sydney Smith
June 22, 2014 05:00 AM EST
St. Louis Post-Dispatch will no longer publish George Will's twice-weekly columns. The final straw was Will's June 5 column. "The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it,"...
Seattle Times Bans NFL 'Redskins' name as 'Absurd, Offensive, Outdated'
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Seattle Times Bans NFL 'Redskins' name as 'Absurd, Offensive, Outdated'
By: Sydney Smith
June 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Seattle Times is the latest publication to announce it will no longer use the term "Redskins" in reporting on the Washington, D.C. NFL team, the Washington...
'Reliability, credibility, attention to detail' still important to journalism, says Ireland's outgoing press ombudsman
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'Reliability, credibility, attention to detail' still important to journalism, says Ireland's outgoing press ombudsman
By: Sydney Smith
June 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Irish media will have a new press ombudsman soon. John Horgan, who has served as press ombudsman since 2007, is retiring in September, according to the Irish Times. Peter Feeney, a member of the Irish Press Council, will...
LA Times gets new Newsroom Guidelines, Conflicts of Interest, Anonymous Sources, Photo Standards, & More
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LA Times gets new Newsroom Guidelines, Conflicts of Interest, Anonymous Sources, Photo Standards, & More
By: Sydney Smith
June 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
'Overcooked potatoes,' 'Simply Unpalatable': Restaurant Review Burns Sydney Morning Herald, Court rules pay $600K for libel
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'Overcooked potatoes,' 'Simply Unpalatable': Restaurant Review Burns Sydney Morning Herald, Court rules pay $600K for libel
By: Sydney Smith
June 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Australia's Sydney Morning Herald must pay three restaurant owners almost half a million dollars for libel over a 2003 negative review. The review, headlined "Crash and Burn," criticized the restaurant...
Did a Royal Error Make Daniel Day-Lewis Second Rate? Daily Telegraph Scrubs Mistake
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Did a Royal Error Make Daniel Day-Lewis Second Rate? Daily Telegraph Scrubs Mistake
By: Sydney Smith
June 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Whoops! The UK Daily Telegraph wrongly reported that actor Daniel Day-Lewis is receiving an Order of the British Empire. In fact, Day-Lewis has done better than this and is going to be knighted by the queen. A...
Now Malaysia Prime Minister sues a News Site for  Reader Comments
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Now Malaysia Prime Minister sues a News Site for Reader Comments
By: Sydney Smith
June 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak is suing Malaysian online site Malaysiakini over reader comments used by the website in a story, Global Voices reported. The June 3 lawsuit is particularly newsworthy because it...
UK Mirror: Sorry we said teenage sexual abuse victim had consensual sex w/ Max Clifford
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UK Mirror: Sorry we said teenage sexual abuse victim had consensual sex w/ Max Clifford
By: Sydney Smith
June 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Daily Mirror apologized after wrongly claiming that a teenage victim of sexual abuse consented to sex with her abuser. The Mirror had published stories on April 29 and 30 that claimed a woman said she had a...
Wall Street Journal unpublishes 3 Travel Articles, Writer took free Hotel stay
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Wall Street Journal unpublishes 3 Travel Articles, Writer took free Hotel stay
By: Sydney Smith
June 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Wall Street Journal unpublished three travel articles because the writer, Akhil Sharma, took "some free and discounted goods and services." The ethical breach was revealed in a June 10 correction published...
Australia's ABC apologizes on-air for 'dogf**ker* skit about journalist Chris Kenny
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Australia's ABC apologizes on-air for 'dogf**ker* skit about journalist Chris Kenny
By: Sydney Smith
June 13, 2014 07:11 AM EST
The Australian Broadcasting Corp. has apologized on air and settled a libel lawsuit over its doctored photo calling journalist Chris Kenny a "dogf**ker." Kenny, a journalist for News Corp Australia, sued the...
Enough! Canada's Sun News will name victims, not accused Moncton murderer
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Enough! Canada's Sun News will name victims, not accused Moncton murderer
By: Sydney Smith
June 11, 2014 01:05 PM EST
Canada's Sun News Network announced that moving forward, it will not be naming the man who is accused of murdering three Canadian police officers and injuring two other officers in Moncton, New Brunswick on June...
Tracy Morgan leg amputation story 'Complete Fabrication'
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Tracy Morgan leg amputation story 'Complete Fabrication'
By: Sydney Smith
June 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Several news sites wrongly reported that actor and comedian Tracy Morgan would have to have his leg amputated. Morgan and several others were seriously injured when a truck crashed into their limousine in New Jersey. One...
Solar panels NOT draining sun, MIT Science Blog duped by satire story
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Solar panels NOT draining sun, MIT Science Blog duped by satire story
By: Sydney Smith
June 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Satire site National Report hoaxed an Massachusetts Institute of Technology blog with its fake story claiming that solar panels were draining the sun's energy. National Report published a story in May claiming...
Singapore Blogger sued by Prime Minister, 1st Time Govt Official has sued a blogger for libel
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Singapore Blogger sued by Prime Minister, 1st Time Govt Official has sued a blogger for libel
By: Sydney Smith
June 09, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Singapore blogger Roy Ngerng is being sued for libel after admitting to making false claims about Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsieng Loong looting money from state coffers, the Wall Street Journal reported. It...
No More 'A neighbor said' & Other Dubious Anonymous Sourcing at Canadian Newspaper, Hamilton Spectator
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No More 'A neighbor said' & Other Dubious Anonymous Sourcing at Canadian Newspaper, Hamilton Spectator
By: Sydney Smith
June 08, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Canadian newspaper The Hamilton Spectator has beefed up its anonymous sources policy and will require reporters to follow new standards and greater transparency when using sources. Reporters are no longer allowed to use...
Glenn Beck wants Boston Marathon bombings libel lawsuit dismissed
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Glenn Beck wants Boston Marathon bombings libel lawsuit dismissed
By: Sydney Smith
June 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Glenn Beck is calling for the dismissal of the libel lawsuit against him filed by a Boston Marathon spectator who he called a "very bad, bad, bad man." As iMediaEthics wrote, Alharbi, who was injured at the...
Chinese Passport Doodle Story a Hoax, USA Today Corrects
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Chinese Passport Doodle Story a Hoax, USA Today Corrects
By: Sydney Smith
June 06, 2014 05:15 PM EST
It's official. That story about a Chinese man being stuck in Seoul, South Korea because his son drew all over his passport is bogus. The Wall Street Journal reported June 5 that the Chinese Embassy in Seoul...
Moderating online comments? A big 'waste of time' Mediaite says
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Moderating online comments? A big 'waste of time' Mediaite says
By: Sydney Smith
June 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Media website Mediaite announced June 4 a "tougher" stance on its online commenters.  "You are not entitled to commenting here," Mediaite reminded. Its comments section has been filled with...
Daily Mail Accused of Fake Interview by Paul Pogba, French Soccer Player, May Sue
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Daily Mail Accused of Fake Interview by Paul Pogba, French Soccer Player, May Sue
By: Sydney Smith
June 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
French soccer player Paul Pogba accused the UK Daily Mail of publishing a fake interview with him. Pogba is a midfielder who plays for the Italian team Juventus. The May 30 Daily Mail article is titled, "Paul...
UK Sun didn't publish fake interview with Soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo
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UK Sun didn't publish fake interview with Soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo
By: Sydney Smith
June 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo accused the UK Sun of publishing a fake interview, but the Sun said it actually was publishing excerpts from his biography. "We did not claim to have interviewed Ronaldo," Sun...
Chicago Sun-Times apologizes, retracts 'Laverne Cox is not a woman' op-ed
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Chicago Sun-Times apologizes, retracts 'Laverne Cox is not a woman' op-ed
By: Sydney Smith
June 03, 2014 05:42 PM EST
The Chicago Sun-Times unpublished an op-ed calling transgender people "delusional," GLAAD reported. The op-ed was written by Kevin D. Williamson for the National Review and re-published by the Sun-Times....
Holding ethical value to protect source may jail NYT James Risen, Supreme Court rejects appeal
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Holding ethical value to protect source may jail NYT James Risen, Supreme Court rejects appeal
By: Sydney Smith
June 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
New York Times reporter James Risen failed to win an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect his anonymous source for his 2006 book "State of War." Risen's source told Risen about Operation Merlin, a...
Should Corrections Name Who Messed Up? Toronto Star apologizes after misinterpreting tweet
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Should Corrections Name Who Messed Up? Toronto Star apologizes after misinterpreting tweet
By: Sydney Smith
June 02, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Toronto Star apologized to a political candidate after an editor wrongly inserted a mis-characterization of the candidate's tweets into a reporter's story. But the reporter "took flack" from readers who...
Online news, social media 'lacking journalism ethics' in Malaysia?
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Online news, social media 'lacking journalism ethics' in Malaysia?
By: Sydney Smith
June 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A Malaysian politician called for the media to adhere to journalism ethics, Malaysia's New Straits Times reported. Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi indicated that ethics issues like bias and accuracy are...
ABC Australia 'dogf**ker' fake photo lawsuit continues by Journalist
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ABC Australia 'dogf**ker' fake photo lawsuit continues by Journalist
By: Sydney Smith
May 31, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Australian Broadcasting Corp. apologized to News Corp. journalist Chris Kenny for airing a doctored photo calling him a "dogf**ker," but Kenny is still pursuing his libel lawsuit against ABC, the Guardian...
No more 'bogus' or 'illegal' asylum seekers, Natl Union of Journalists says
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No more 'bogus' or 'illegal' asylum seekers, Natl Union of Journalists says
By: Sydney Smith
May 30, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Word choice matters. Journalists must be careful when writing about Gypsies, race, and immigration,The UK National Union of Journalists reminded recently. Don't publish racist letters or online comments to help avoid...
CNN iReport Unpublishes Hoax, Asteroid won't 'end civilization as we know it' in 2041
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CNN iReport Unpublishes Hoax, Asteroid won't 'end civilization as we know it' in 2041
By: Sydney Smith
May 29, 2014 05:00 AM EST
CNN unpublished an iReport story that claimed an asteroid was going to hit Earth on March 35, 2041.  The story was titled "Giant asteroid possibly on collision course with Earth." The iReport has been...
US Supreme Court: Jana Winter Not Forced to ID James Holmes anonymous sources
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US Supreme Court: Jana Winter Not Forced to ID James Holmes anonymous sources
By: Sydney Smith
May 28, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Fox News reporter Jana Winter will not be forced to ID her anonymous sources for her reporting on the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado during the Dark Knight Rises premiere. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected accused...
Charles Murray DIDN'T say Women have Underdeveloped Brains, Frederick News-Post published Fake Quotes
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Charles Murray DIDN'T say Women have Underdeveloped Brains, Frederick News-Post published Fake Quotes
By: Sydney Smith
May 27, 2014 05:00 AM EST
American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray said women have underdeveloped brains.  Never mind. He didn't say that. This was a fake quote in the The Frederick News-Post, a daily Maryland newspaper that...
'Is critical investigative journalism still possible?' Irish university hosts Media Ethics Event
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'Is critical investigative journalism still possible?' Irish university hosts Media Ethics Event
By: Sydney Smith
May 26, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Will investigative journalism die out? "Given the radical changes that have occurred in journalism in recent years the panel will examine whether journalism is now largely on the side of the powerful or if a...
Drugs Police didn't Raid 2 UK schools, UK paper apologizes for 'misunderstanding'
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Drugs Police didn't Raid 2 UK schools, UK paper apologizes for 'misunderstanding'
By: Sydney Smith
May 25, 2014 05:00 AM EST
UK newspaper Yellow Advertiser had to publish a front page apology May 16 for wrongly reporting that drugs police raided two local schools when the police were actually there for a school visit as part of "an anti-drugs...
Scottish Daily Record Photoshops Man out of Picture
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Scottish Daily Record Photoshops Man out of Picture
By: Sydney Smith
May 24, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Daily Record doctored a photo to remove one person but claimed it was OK because the person in question was facing criminal charges for a separate matter. The Record, a...
#Bringourgirlsback Photos NOT from Nigeria, Mislabeled on Social Media, BBC, CBC
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#Bringourgirlsback Photos NOT from Nigeria, Mislabeled on Social Media, BBC, CBC
By: Sydney Smith
May 23, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Social media and two media outlets have used photos from Guinea-Bissau in their coverage of the Nigerian school girls kidnapped in April by Boko Haram. Most iconic has been the above photo, which shows an African girl...
S Korean ferry crash? Tibetan avalanche? Fox News can't keep it straight
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S Korean ferry crash? Tibetan avalanche? Fox News can't keep it straight
By: Sydney Smith
May 22, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Fox News admitted to mixing up a video clip of a woman reacting to the Mount Everest avalanche in its reporting on the South Korea ferry sinking, the Washington Post's Erik Wemple reported earlier this month. Because...
Reed College Oil Stocks Hoax, 2 Oregon media outlets fooled
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Reed College Oil Stocks Hoax, 2 Oregon media outlets fooled
By: Sydney Smith
May 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A fake press release claimed Oregon's Reed College said it was going to divest its holdings of fossil fuel stocks.  Both The Portland Tribune and KBOO were duped by the hoax, which was orchestrated by the pranking...
Nat'l Journal dumps comments section after 'worst kind of abusive, racist, and sexist name-calling imaginable'
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Nat'l Journal dumps comments section after 'worst kind of abusive, racist, and sexist name-calling imaginable'
By: Sydney Smith
May 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The National Journal is getting rid of most online comments because it has been filled with "the worst kind of abusive, racist, and sexist name-calling imaginable." National Journal's editor-in-chief Tim...
Texas Public Radio Retracts, Man Lied about Iraq Service
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Texas Public Radio Retracts, Man Lied about Iraq Service
By: Sydney Smith
May 19, 2014 12:17 PM EST
Texas Public Radio aired a hoax story last week after a man named Victor Martinez lied to them about his military past. On May 13, Texas Public Radio reported on Martinez's story about his military past, which he...
7 Fake Weather Photos to watch out for in the 2014 Hurricane Season
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7 Fake Weather Photos to watch out for in the 2014 Hurricane Season
By: Sydney Smith
May 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Weather Channel collected a handful of oft-used fake photos of weather to hopefully warn viewers to not be duped by phony storm pictures. Some were more obviously fake than others -- like a picture of Paula Deen...
IDing victim as transgender in UK papers was 'upsetting and irrelevant'
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IDing victim as transgender in UK papers was 'upsetting and irrelevant'
By: Sydney Smith
May 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Scientist Dr. Kate Stone was the victim of a horrible accident on New Year's Eve when she was "gored in the neck" by a charging stag and put into a coma. But, in stories on the attack, six UK news outlets...
You're Fired! CNN Editor Plagiarized 'About 50' Articles
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You're Fired! CNN Editor Plagiarized 'About 50' Articles
By: Sydney Smith
May 17, 2014 04:00 AM EST
CNN fired news editor Marie-Louise Gumuchian for plagiarism in "about 50 published stories," according to an editor's note posted on CNN's website May 16. CNN explained how the plagiarism was detected:...
Wrong Man IDed as Car Thief in MSNBC 'Caught on Camera' episode
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Wrong Man IDed as Car Thief in MSNBC 'Caught on Camera' episode
By: Sydney Smith
May 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
MSNBC is being sued for identifying the wrong man in a reality crime story, even though it issued a retraction and unpublished the segment, according to the Huffington Post. MSNBC's "Caught on Camera: Dash Cam...
Phone Hacking by the Numbers: Kate Middleton Hacked 155 times, Prince William 35, Prince Harry? only 9
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Phone Hacking by the Numbers: Kate Middleton Hacked 155 times, Prince William 35, Prince Harry? only 9
By: Sydney Smith
May 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Phone Hacking by the Numbers? Former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, who previously was convicted of hacking in 2007, told the UK phone hacking trial May 14 just how many times he hacked Kate Middleton,...
NYT Public Editor gets Joe Nocera to apologize for Warren Buffett error
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NYT Public Editor gets Joe Nocera to apologize for Warren Buffett error
By: Sydney Smith
May 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Another score for the role of the public editor in holding the media accountable? Last week, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan called for Times columnist Joe Nocera to make a public statement in his column...
Malta Independent on Sunday sued for libel over Singapore Gran Prix article
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Malta Independent on Sunday sued for libel over Singapore Gran Prix article
By: Sydney Smith
May 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Malta Independent on Sunday is being sued for libel over a May 4 article that asked who paid for government officials' trip to the Singapore Gran Prix, the Malta Independent reported. Three of the Water Services...
ABC's Lara Spencer's Cinco de Mayo segment: Bad accents, drinking & sombreros prompt apology
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ABC's Lara Spencer's Cinco de Mayo segment: Bad accents, drinking & sombreros prompt apology
By: Sydney Smith
May 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
MSNBC wasn't the only TV news outlet to air an offensive Cinco de Mayo segment this year. ABC's Good Morning America also featured a segment filled with ethnic stereotypes. Host Lara Spencer wore a sombrero and...
'Gaystapo'? Iowa editor fired over anti-Gay blogpost
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'Gaystapo'? Iowa editor fired over anti-Gay blogpost
By: Sydney Smith
May 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Do gays want to rewrite the Bible to justify their "sinful natures"? The editor of the Newton (Iowa) Daily News, Bob Eschliman, thinks so and even blogged that, but his employer soon judged his remarks were...
Daily Mail: 'We accept that Ms Rowling's article did not contain any false claims'
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Daily Mail: 'We accept that Ms Rowling's article did not contain any false claims'
By: Sydney Smith
May 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK Daily Mail must pay JK Rowling "substantial damages" and had to publish a correction and apology after wrongly saying author JK Rowling lied about church members were cruel to her, the Press Gazette...
Shark!...Never Mind: Why San Diego TV news aired fake shark photo
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Shark!...Never Mind: Why San Diego TV news aired fake shark photo
By: Sydney Smith
May 09, 2014 07:45 AM EST
So how did a fake shark image make it onto the TV news in a major U.S. city? Last month, two San Diego news stations aired a fake photo purporting to show a great white shark swimming in local...
Deadline Hollywood Hoaxed, ABC didn't recast Harrison Wright in Scandal
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Deadline Hollywood Hoaxed, ABC didn't recast Harrison Wright in Scandal
By: Sydney Smith
May 08, 2014 10:05 AM EST
Deadline Hollywood retracted a story after it published a hoax claiming the ABC show Scandal had re-cast the role of Harrison Wright. Columbus Short has played the character for the past three seasons, but confirmed...
UK court: Tulisa 'Homewrecker' libel case is defamatory, libel case can move forward
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UK court: Tulisa 'Homewrecker' libel case is defamatory, libel case can move forward
By: Sydney Smith
May 08, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK High Court ruled that pop singer Tulisa Contostavlos and professional athlete Danny Simpson's libel action against the Sun newspaper can continue, the Press Gazette reported. The pair sued the Sun, as...
How MSNBC Cinco de Mayo segment was 'disrespectful'
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How MSNBC Cinco de Mayo segment was 'disrespectful'
By: Sydney Smith
May 07, 2014 12:02 PM EST
MSNBC staff went too far this week in what MSNBC later admitted was a "disrespectful" and "sarcastic" segment on Cinco de Mayo. The May 5 segment, aired on MSNBC's Way Too Early program, featured...
Sports Reporter Faked Interview with Coach, Norwich Bulletin fires journalist
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Sports Reporter Faked Interview with Coach, Norwich Bulletin fires journalist
By: Sydney Smith
May 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Norwich (Connecticut) Bulletin published quotes by a high school coach. Problem was he was never interviewed by their sports writer. The quotes were faked. The paper only found out after the coach called to...
Australian reporter resigns, Media finds plagiarism & quote lifting
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Australian reporter resigns, Media finds plagiarism & quote lifting
By: Sydney Smith
May 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Journalist Phil Jacob, accused of plagiarism and quote lifting, resigned in disgrace from the Australian Daily Telegraph after Australian media watchdog ABC Media Watch found problems in his work. Jacob's departure...
Aretha Franklin Not Suing over Satire Brawl story 'at this time'
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Aretha Franklin Not Suing over Satire Brawl story 'at this time'
By: Sydney Smith
May 05, 2014 05:01 PM EST
Aretha Franklin has decided not to sue website The News Nerd over its satire story claiming she was in a brawl with Patti LaBelle.   Franklin's lawyer Arnold Reed just gave iMediaEthics by e-mail the...
Quentin Tarantino Says Gawker Committed 'Direct Copyright Infringement'
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Quentin Tarantino Says Gawker Committed 'Direct Copyright Infringement'
By: Sydney Smith
May 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Quentin Tarantino re-filed a lawsuit against Gawker, and the director is now claiming Gawker "committed direct copyright infringement," the Hollywood Reporter reported.As iMediaEthics has written, Tarantino sued...
2Day Battle with AU Media Authority, Will Radio licence get axed for Royal Prank Call?
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2Day Battle with AU Media Authority, Will Radio licence get axed for Royal Prank Call?
By: Sydney Smith
May 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is still fighting in court to release its report on the prank phone call to a UK hospital that was related to the suicide death of a nurse. However, it is still a...
Anonymous sources led NBC News, TMZ to Error in Donald Sterling NBA stories
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Anonymous sources led NBC News, TMZ to Error in Donald Sterling NBA stories
By: Sydney Smith
May 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
TMZ and NBC News both misreported the punishment meted out by the National Basketball Association to Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, for his racist comments made in a recorded conversation. But, while...
Has Globe & Mail Paid Sources Before? 'Drug dealer' scores $10,000 for Rob Ford Photos in 'public interest'
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Has Globe & Mail Paid Sources Before? 'Drug dealer' scores $10,000 for Rob Ford Photos in 'public interest'
By: Sydney Smith
May 02, 2014 09:39 AM EST
This week,  new images taken from videos of an apparently intoxicated Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking from what is likely a crack pipe were revealed in the media. The latest revelation in what is reported as his periodic...
Scottish Sun Paid Source Following Trial, PCC says OK
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Scottish Sun Paid Source Following Trial, PCC says OK
By: Sydney Smith
May 02, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Paying a witness is OK as long as it occurs after the trial, according to the UK Press Complaints Commission, which offers some self-regulation to the UK media. While the PCC code specifically sets narrow guidelines for...
Globe & Mail paid $10K for Rob Ford pipe pictures
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Globe & Mail paid $10K for Rob Ford pipe pictures
By: Sydney Smith
May 01, 2014 12:54 PM EST
Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail paid a "self-professed drug dealer" for images of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking what appears to be a crack pipe. Globe and Mail reporters Robyn Doolittle and Greg...
Whoops! NYT corrects: Goldman Sachs Blankfein is current CEO, not Fmr
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Whoops! NYT corrects: Goldman Sachs Blankfein is current CEO, not Fmr
By: Sydney Smith
May 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The New York Times wrongly reported that Goldman Sachs had fired its CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Mediaite reported earlier this week. The error was made on a report...
Lauren Silverman didn't ditch son for Simon Cowell Christmas, PCC scored Celebs Mail on Sunday apology
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