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Fake Story About Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle Brawl 'Journalistic Cancer' that spread
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Fake Story About Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle Brawl 'Journalistic Cancer' that spread
By: Sydney Smith
April 18, 2014 11:01 AM EST
Aretha Franklin plans to sue satire website News Nerd over its story claiming she and Patti LaBelle got into a fight, the Detroit News reported. The News Nerd story claimed LaBelle was "arrested and charged with...
UK Sun reported singer was 'home-wrecker,' Sued for Libel
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UK Sun reported singer was 'home-wrecker,' Sued for Libel
By: Sydney Smith
April 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Was UK pop singer Tulisa Contostavlos a "home-wrecker"? The UK Sun is being sued for libel by the UK pop singer for saying she "destroyed" a family. According...
UK Mirror Uses Stock photo of U.S. Child for UK poverty story
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UK Mirror Uses Stock photo of U.S. Child for UK poverty story
By: Sydney Smith
April 17, 2014 09:29 AM EST
The UK Daily Mirror used a dramatic stock photo of a U.S. girl without saying so to illustrate a report on UK poverty this week. The April 16 Mirror story was titled, "Britain's hunger crisis: One MILLION food...
Quentin Tarantino Still Says Gawker Link is Infringement
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Quentin Tarantino Still Says Gawker Link is Infringement
By: Sydney Smith
April 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Quentin Tarantino and Gawker have traded shots in court papers responding to Tarantino's lawsuit accusing Gawker of contributory copyright infringement. As iMediaEthics previously reported, in January, Tarantino...
 Is Sylvia the hawk the Pope's latest weapon against evil? Latest Vatican Hoax
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Is Sylvia the hawk the Pope's latest weapon against evil? Latest Vatican Hoax
By: Sydney Smith
April 16, 2014 04:15 PM EST
How did The Guardian  and other news outlets ever fall for a bogus story claiming the Vatican hired a hawk as part of Pope Francis' security team? The Guardian unpublished a story claiming just that. The...
Chicago Sun-Times blocks its commenters for 'negativity, racism, hate speech'... 'temporarily'
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Chicago Sun-Times blocks its commenters for 'negativity, racism, hate speech'... 'temporarily'
By: Sydney Smith
April 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Chicago Sun-Times is fed up with their commenters' behavior, which they describe without varnish as often "a morass of negativity, racism [and] hate speech" and "an embarrassing mishmash of fringe...
Maltese politician suing I'Orrizont for 'Mud-Slinging Campaign'
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Maltese politician suing I'Orrizont for 'Mud-Slinging Campaign'
By: Sydney Smith
April 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Maltese newspaper I'Orrizont is being sued for libel by politician Stefano Mallia. Mallia is running for Member of the European Parliament this year as a member of the Nationalist Party. Mallia is suing over the...
No credit to WSJ in Medicare story, NYT says 'It was an oversight'
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No credit to WSJ in Medicare story, NYT says 'It was an oversight'
By: Sydney Smith
April 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan called out the paper for failing to credit the Wall Street Journal in its front-page report on Medicare. "What’s missing in that story is any reference to The...
Criminal Charges for 4, Closer Mag's Julie Gayet pic violated French privacy law
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Criminal Charges for 4, Closer Mag's Julie Gayet pic violated French privacy law
By: Sydney Smith
April 13, 2014 10:05 AM EST
Four people involved in paparazzi photos of actress Julie Gayet and French president Francois Hollande will be charged in France's criminal court for breach of privacy , English news website Expatica.com reported....
Why the Guardian published photo of grief-stricken MH370 family member
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Why the Guardian published photo of grief-stricken MH370 family member
By: Sydney Smith
April 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A "small handful" of readers complained about the Guardian's decision to publish a front-page photo of an emotional family member reacting to the news that the Malaysian authorities' statement that the...
Meet the Press apologizes to survivor after naming of Boston Marathon bombers
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Meet the Press apologizes to survivor after naming of Boston Marathon bombers
By: Sydney Smith
April 12, 2014 05:14 PM EST
Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a professional dancer who lost part of her leg at the Boston Marathon bombings last year, asked NBC's Meet the Press not to mention the bombers' names this week during an interview.  But,...
50-meter Banjo Statue? UK's Eastern Daily Press publishes fake press release
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50-meter Banjo Statue? UK's Eastern Daily Press publishes fake press release
By: Sydney Smith
April 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Eastern Daily Press apologized after being hoaxed by an April Fool's Day prank, UK journalism news website Hold the Front Page reported. The newspaper published a press release saying The Great British Banjo...
Muslim Observer newspaper apologizes after fake photo of Syrian boy
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Muslim Observer newspaper apologizes after fake photo of Syrian boy
By: Sydney Smith
April 11, 2014 02:53 PM EST
Michigan newspaper The Muslim Observer published a fake photo of a Syrian boy sleeping between two...
Was SELF editor axed after magazine mocked cancer patient?
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Was SELF editor axed after magazine mocked cancer patient?
By: Sydney Smith
April 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Lucy Danziger was fired as the editor in chief of SELF magazine, just days after the magazine came under fire for mocking a cancer patient. Coincidence? As iMediaEthics previously reported, SELF and Danziger issued...
Last News Council in the U.S. Closes Next Month
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Last News Council in the U.S. Closes Next Month
By: Sydney Smith
April 10, 2014 02:51 PM EST
The Washington News Council is shutting down at the end of next month. It was the last news council left after the Minnesota News Council closed in early 2011. iMediaEthics interviewed executive director and co-founder of...
New York Times Front Page for Sale? Harry Winston Ad Wraps Print
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New York Times Front Page for Sale? Harry Winston Ad Wraps Print
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer, Sydney Smith
April 10, 2014 11:36 AM EST
Readers woke up thinking only a Harry Winston diamond's ad circular was on their front steps instead of Thursday's New York Times. But, the ad isn't just for any business -- only Harry Winston jewels dazzled...
Cleveland Browns Owner NOT indicted by FBI, TV station retracts
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Cleveland Browns Owner NOT indicted by FBI, TV station retracts
By: Sydney Smith
April 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Cleveland ABC-affiliate WEWS News Net 5 unpublished a story after wrongly reporting that Jimmy Haslam, the owner of the Cleveland Browns football team, was indicted by the FBI. "There was zero truth" to the...
UK Mirror, Mail Faked Getty Images soccer photo?
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UK Mirror, Mail Faked Getty Images soccer photo?
By: Sydney Smith
April 09, 2014 12:35 PM EST
The UK Daily Mail and Daily Mirror both manipulated a news photo of a soccer player saluting his manager and a team coach, The Guardian's Roy Greenslade reported. The Mail doctored the image to remove Tim Sherwood,...
Philippines anchor sues Inquirer newspaper for libel after bribery claims
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Philippines anchor sues Inquirer newspaper for libel after bribery claims
By: Sydney Smith
April 09, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Where are Pre 2007 US News & World Report Stories? A list of archives
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Where are Pre 2007 US News & World Report Stories? A list of archives
By: Sydney Smith
April 08, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The accessibility of news stories from the past fosters accuracy and journalists' ability to provide context for current reporting. Back in February, Jim Romenesko reported on his website that U.S. News & World...
UK Editor out after blaming 'hooliganism' for Hillsborough tragedy
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UK Editor out after blaming 'hooliganism' for Hillsborough tragedy
By: Sydney Smith
April 07, 2014 02:46 PM EST
Maurice O'Brien "left" the UK Reading Chronicle following a suspension and an apology for a controversial front-page article that falsely accused hooliganism for the 1989 Hillsborough stadium tragedy that...
Fmr PM says 'I never made any comments,' Zimbabwe newspaper retracts fake interview
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Fmr PM says 'I never made any comments,' Zimbabwe newspaper retracts fake interview
By: Sydney Smith
April 07, 2014 12:00 PM EST
Zimbabwe's The Sunday Mail apologized and admitted it published a fake interview with politician Roy Bennett, according to the Zimbabwe Daily. The March 23 article, published in print and online, "Bennett...
$19 Million Home Renovations for Michael Schumacher?
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$19 Million Home Renovations for Michael Schumacher?
By: Sydney Smith
April 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Want to see how a rumor spreads around the world? Look no further than the case of Michael Schumacher, the Formula 1 racer hospitalized and in a come since a December skiing...
No More Paparazzi Pics of Celeb kids, Celeb Magazines Promise
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No More Paparazzi Pics of Celeb kids, Celeb Magazines Promise
By: Sydney Smith
April 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Celebrity website Celebuzz announced in late March that it won't publish paparazzi photos of celebrities' children anymore. Numerous outlets have made this promise lately, including: E! Entertainment, Today show,...
6 million is not one-third of 7 million: Fox News corrects its Obamacare sign-up graphic on air
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6 million is not one-third of 7 million: Fox News corrects its Obamacare sign-up graphic on air
By: Sydney Smith
April 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Fox News messed up, then corrected, an on-air graphic enrollment for The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The original graphic was aired March 31. Through a careless math error or poor graphic skills, the graphic...
German magazine's Michael Schumacher 'Awake!' cover misleads readers
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German magazine's Michael Schumacher 'Awake!' cover misleads readers
By: Sydney Smith
April 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Readers have complained about German magazine Die Aktuelle's bait-and-switch cover issue, Australia's News.com.au reported. Die Aktuelle is a weekly women's magazine, according to Wikipedia. The cover...
Judge denies ESPN request to dismiss Laurie Fine libel lawsuit
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Judge denies ESPN request to dismiss Laurie Fine libel lawsuit
By: Sydney Smith
April 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A U.S. District Judge ruled this week that Laurie Fine can continue her libel lawsuit against ESPN, Syracuse.com reported Fine is the wife of Bernie Fine, who was fired as Syracuse University assistant basketball coach...
NYT AnonyWatch: Five Noteworthy Anonymous Source Quotes
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NYT AnonyWatch: Five Noteworthy Anonymous Source Quotes
By: Sydney Smith
April 02, 2014 05:00 AM EST
New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan filed her second installment of AnonyWatch, her new way to track the misuse of anonymous sources in the paper. As iMediaEthics previously wrote, in mid-March Sullivan...
2014 Mirror Award finalists named, honor media reporting
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2014 Mirror Award finalists named, honor media reporting
By: Sydney Smith
April 01, 2014 04:00 PM EST
The Mirror Awards announced the finalists for its annual awards today. The Mirrors are given by Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The awards "honor the reporters, editors and...
Boston college student NOT a 'a very bad, bad, bad man,' Sues Glenn Beck for saying so
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Boston college student NOT a 'a very bad, bad, bad man,' Sues Glenn Beck for saying so
By: Sydney Smith
April 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Glenn Beck is being sued for libel by Boston college student Abdulrahman Alharbi, who was injured last year at the Boston Marathon bombing, the Boston Business Journal reported. Alharbi's lawsuit claims Beck...
Amazon denies WSJ's Anonymous Source Claim, Media Repeats Error, Later Corrects
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Amazon denies WSJ's Anonymous Source Claim, Media Repeats Error, Later Corrects
By: Sydney Smith
March 31, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Will Amazon provide customers with a free streaming service? The Wall Street Journal published a report relying on anonymous sources "close to the company" that claimed Amazon was about to launch the service....
Pele NOT dead, CNN's New Day Deletes Tweet
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Pele NOT dead, CNN's New Day Deletes Tweet
By: Sydney Smith
March 30, 2014 05:00 AM EST
CNN apologized after wrongly reporting on one of its Twitter accounts that soccer star Pele died. CNN's New Day tweeted, "#BREAKING: Brazilian former soccer player Pele dies at 74." New Day is CNN's...
SELF Mag Mocks Tutu-Wearing Cancer Patient? 'It was a stupid mistake,' Apologizes 5 times
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SELF Mag Mocks Tutu-Wearing Cancer Patient? 'It was a stupid mistake,' Apologizes 5 times
By: Sydney Smith
March 29, 2014 05:00 AM EST
After a massive online blowback, SELF magazine apologized for criticizing two L.A. Marathon runners who wore tutus during the race, San Diego newspaper UT San Diego reported.  But even worse, SELF apparently duped the...
Closer Mag must pay $20k, Julie Gayet Hunted as 'Wild Animal,' Rumored French Prez girlfriend
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Closer Mag must pay $20k, Julie Gayet Hunted as 'Wild Animal,' Rumored French Prez girlfriend
By: Sydney Smith
March 28, 2014 11:47 AM EST
French actress Julie Gayet won her privacy lawsuit against French magazine Closer over photos alleging she was having an affair with France's president Francois Hollande. Gayet sued Closer in January over the...
Harry Styles wins permanent injunction
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Harry Styles wins permanent injunction
By: Sydney Smith
March 28, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A UK High Court placed "permanent injunctions" against four unnamed paparazzi photographers following a harassment claim by One Direction's Harry Styles, the Press Gazette reported this month. Styles first...
War between US Govt. and Press, Media ethics talk at Univ of Idaho
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War between US Govt. and Press, Media ethics talk at Univ of Idaho
By: Sydney Smith
March 27, 2014 06:32 PM EST
The Washington Post's Paul Farhi will discuss national security leaks and their effect on "the ongoing battle between Washington and the press" at a media ethics talk this week. Farhi's speech,...
UK Singer: Don't Photograph 'my babies,' Mail Online sued for Violating Privacy
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UK Singer: Don't Photograph 'my babies,' Mail Online sued for Violating Privacy
By: Sydney Smith
March 27, 2014 05:00 AM EST
British singer Paul Weller is suing the UK Mail Online for invasion of privacy because the Mail published photos of his wife and children, Press Gazette reported. The images showed Weller, his wife, his 16-year-old...
Reporter quits over Bloomberg's 'Misleading' China coverage
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Reporter quits over Bloomberg's 'Misleading' China coverage
By: Sydney Smith
March 26, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Editor Ben Richardson resigned from Bloomberg News this month. He claimed his resignation was because Bloomberg News was pulling punches in its reporting on China. He told Jim Romenesko in an e-mail published March 24...
News Ombudsman Yavuz Baydar Sues Turkey's Sabah Over Firing
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News Ombudsman Yavuz Baydar Sues Turkey's Sabah Over Firing
By: Sydney Smith
March 25, 2014 06:20 PM EST
Turkish journalist Yavuz Baydar is going to trial after suing his former media bosses at Turkish newspaper Sabah, iMediaEthics has learned. He told iMediaEthics today that he is suing for breach of contract. Baydar...
Yavuz Baydar, Fired But Wins w/Guardian, Der Spiegel European Press Prize
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Yavuz Baydar, Fired But Wins w/Guardian, Der Spiegel European Press Prize
By: Sydney Smith
March 25, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Turkish journalist Yavuz Baydar was one of the winners of the European Press Prize last week. Baydar sent iMediaEthics a three-page statement about winning the award, saying he is "deeply moved, honored and...
Obamas Photoshopped into Apes, Belgian newspaper apologizes for 'tasteless joke'
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Obamas Photoshopped into Apes, Belgian newspaper apologizes for 'tasteless joke'
By: Sydney Smith
March 24, 2014 05:39 PM EST
Belgian newspaper De Morgen apologized for doctoring photos to show Barack and Michelle Obama as apes. The photos were published March 22 on a satire page "The Obama Herald," according to Al...
Journalism ethics in local reporting, Indiana Univ. of Penn. Symposium
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Journalism ethics in local reporting, Indiana Univ. of Penn. Symposium
By: Sydney Smith
March 24, 2014 05:00 AM EST
What are the ethical challenges in local news reporting? Indiana University of Pennsylvania is hosting a journalism ethics symposium March 28 that will explore this grassroots topic. The free 90-minute event consists...
Gov. Cuomo 'doesn't really have friends,' says Anonymous NYT Source, Public Editor starts AnonyWatch
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Gov. Cuomo 'doesn't really have friends,' says Anonymous NYT Source, Public Editor starts AnonyWatch
By: Sydney Smith
March 23, 2014 07:34 PM EST
New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan is now tracking "some of the more regrettable examples of anonymous quotations" used by the paper, according to her March 18 blogpost.  Her new collection of...
 Malaysia 370 is like ABC's Lost? Omaha's KETV apologizes for comparison
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Malaysia 370 is like ABC's Lost? Omaha's KETV apologizes for comparison
By: Sydney Smith
March 23, 2014 02:57 PM EST
Omaha ABC-affiliate KETV apologized for its insensitivity in comparing the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 to ABC series Lost, Entertainment Weekly reported. The station said, "We apologize for the post. We...
Did NJ Police Charge Dead Man with Heroin Possession?
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Did NJ Police Charge Dead Man with Heroin Possession?
By: Sydney Smith
March 23, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The New Jersey Asbury Park Press wrongly reported that Jackson, New Jersey police charged a man with heroin possession AFTER the man died. Not only did the article wrongly accuse the police department of pressing charges...
No link of hooliganism and Hillsborough's 96 Dead, UK paper apologizes to Victims' families, readers
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No link of hooliganism and Hillsborough's 96 Dead, UK paper apologizes to Victims' families, readers
By: Sydney Smith
March 22, 2014 08:10 PM EST
The UK Reading Chronicle apologized this week for an article linking hooligans to the 1989 Hillsborough stadium." Hillsborough was the scene of "Britain's deadliest sporting disaster" and 96 Liverpool...
Did BBC Put Unwitting Students at Risk in N. Korea? Apologizes for Undercover Report
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Did BBC Put Unwitting Students at Risk in N. Korea? Apologizes for Undercover Report
By: Sydney Smith
March 22, 2014 05:00 AM EST
What were BBC editors and producers thinking when put college students at risk in North Korea? BBC has since apologized. The BBC had three of its staff pretend to be part of an eight-day trip to the North Korea with...
Do White House reporters give questions in advance? AZ reporter said so, then retracts
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Do White House reporters give questions in advance? AZ reporter said so, then retracts
By: Sydney Smith
March 21, 2014 03:35 PM EST
Yesterday saw a lot of attention directed toward Arizona CBS-affiliate KPHO reporter Catherine Anaya, who was at the White House this week. Anaya had a brief interview with President Obama and an off-the-record meeting with...
'Article calls Ann Rule a liar,' Seattle judge rules protected free speech
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'Article calls Ann Rule a liar,' Seattle judge rules protected free speech
By: Sydney Smith
March 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Seattle Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen dismissed true-crime author Ann Rule's libel lawsuit, ruling that an article in the Seattle Weekly was "free speech protected by the First Amendment," the Associated...
No DNA Ties Michael Skakel To Murder, Nancy Grace Sued
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No DNA Ties Michael Skakel To Murder, Nancy Grace Sued
By: Sydney Smith
March 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Michael Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, is suing Nancy Grace for libel after the television journalist wrongly stated there was DNA evidence that "tied him to Martha Moxley's 1975 murder," the New York...
AP wins journalism ethics award for CIA connection/Robert Levinson story
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AP wins journalism ethics award for CIA connection/Robert Levinson story
By: Sydney Smith
March 19, 2014 04:15 PM EST
The Associated Press won a national journalism ethics award this week for its reporting on Robert Levinson and for postponing its confirmation that Levinson was connected to the CIA three times over three years for concern...
Mick Jagger Girlfriend? Should L'Wren Scott Suicide headlines ID her as Appendage?
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Mick Jagger Girlfriend? Should L'Wren Scott Suicide headlines ID her as Appendage?
By: Sydney Smith
March 19, 2014 03:15 PM EST
Is it right for the media to refer to L'Wren Scott primarily as Mick Jagger's girlfriend? New York Magazine found numerous news outlets that identified her in "headlines leading with the news that the...
'Tort of defamation alive and well,' Boston Herald Libel Verdict 'Malice' and $563,000
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'Tort of defamation alive and well,' Boston Herald Libel Verdict 'Malice' and $563,000
By: Sydney Smith
March 19, 2014 03:00 PM EST
The Boston Herald must pay a woman named Joanna Marinova more than half a million dollars in a libel verdict, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reported. The jury decided actual malice has committed. Marinova sued the...
3 Journalism Ethics Workshops Hosted by Poynter in India
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3 Journalism Ethics Workshops Hosted by Poynter in India
By: Sydney Smith
March 19, 2014 01:49 PM EST
The U.S. Poynter Institute announced this week it is holding journalism workshops in three cities in India this month.  Topics discussed during the workshops include ethics and journalism standards and the...
Chris Pine in Court for DUI 'Looks Hot' says E! News [Commentary]
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Chris Pine in Court for DUI 'Looks Hot' says E! News [Commentary]
By: Sydney Smith
March 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Chris Pine may be in court to plead guilty for driving while drunk but hey, it's Hollywood. E! News still reports thinks he looks hot anyway. E! News showed considerable bad taste in a March 17 story on Star Trek...
UK tabloids publish photos of grief-stricken Mick Jagger, PCC gets complaints
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UK tabloids publish photos of grief-stricken Mick Jagger, PCC gets complaints
By: Sydney Smith
March 18, 2014 10:15 PM EST
The UK Press Complaints Commission has received complaints over media outlets using photos of Mick Jagger after he learned his long-time girlfriend fashion designer L'Wren Scott was dead, the BBC reported. However,...
 Media Ethics Code for All of India?
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Media Ethics Code for All of India?
By: Sydney Smith
March 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Last month, the British Deputy High Commission hosted a media ethics conference in Chennai, India, as iMediaEthics wrote at the time. Major topics at the Feb. 3-4 conference included the Indian media's reaction to...
Fox News ends Scott Brown's contract b/c of possible NH Senate run
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Fox News ends Scott Brown's contract b/c of possible NH Senate run
By: Sydney Smith
March 17, 2014 07:20 PM EST
Fox News ended its contract with contributor and former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Scott Brown March 14 because he may run for office again, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Scott Brown's contributor...
Will Dorian Nakamoto sue Newsweek over Bitcoin claim?
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Will Dorian Nakamoto sue Newsweek over Bitcoin claim?
By: Sydney Smith
March 17, 2014 01:53 PM EST
With the help of his lawyer, Dorian Nakamoto has issued a formal statement denying Newsweek's story claiming he is the founder of digital currency Bitcoin. Nakamoto's lawyer, Ethan Kirschner, told iMediaEthics by...
13 Stories with Faked sources, Interviews, Misquotes in U of Oregon student newspaper
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13 Stories with Faked sources, Interviews, Misquotes in U of Oregon student newspaper
By: Sydney Smith
March 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
University of Oregon-Eugene student newspaper The Daily Emerald revealed that one of its former reporters, Jessica Fisher, faked interviews and misquoted sources. The newspaper has since unpublished 13 of Fisher's...
Sunday World downplays PCC Ruling but no real punishment?
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Sunday World downplays PCC Ruling but no real punishment?
By: Sydney Smith
March 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
When the UK Press Complaint Commission rules against a news outlet, the outlet is required to not only publish in full the PCC's ruling, but also get approval from the PCC for due prominence -- or where the ruling is...
LA Times fires Fmr Pulitzer Prize Finalist for 'Inappropriate relationship' w/ source
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LA Times fires Fmr Pulitzer Prize Finalist for 'Inappropriate relationship' w/ source
By: Sydney Smith
March 15, 2014 09:15 PM EST
The Los Angeles Times fired one-time Pulitzer Prize finalist staff reporter Jason Felch for having an undisclosed "inappropriate relationship with a source."  The Times discovered that relationship while...
Malta journalist campaigns: End criminal libel, New ethics code
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Malta journalist campaigns: End criminal libel, New ethics code
By: Sydney Smith
March 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Earlier this month, iMediaEthics wrote about the Institute of Maltese Journalists' plan to create a new ethics code for the country's journalists. iMediaEthics heard back from the institute's chairman, Malcolm...
Did NZ America's Cup members enrich themselves off govt? Radio Sport sued
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Did NZ America's Cup members enrich themselves off govt? Radio Sport sued
By: Sydney Smith
March 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
New Zealand's Radio Sport aired a retraction after its host Martin Devlin claimed two members of New Zealand's sailing team wrongly paid "themselves millions of dollars" in government money, according to...
Drones, Online Corrections Discussed at Univ Colorado-Boulder Media Ethics event, Mar 14-15
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Drones, Online Corrections Discussed at Univ Colorado-Boulder Media Ethics event, Mar 14-15
By: Sydney Smith
March 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The University of Colorado-Boulder is holding a media ethics symposium next week. The March 14-15 event will include talks by two prominent figures and group discussions of ethics issues, according to a press release on...
Fake Chef Not Fact checked, Dupes 5 TV Morning Shows
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Fake Chef Not Fact checked, Dupes 5 TV Morning Shows
By: Sydney Smith
March 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Five TV morning shows were duped last year by a Queens, N.Y., comedian posing as a famous chef. The comedian, Nick Prueher, posed as Chef Keith Guerke, a chef promoting a new book, and sent press releases out to numerous...
BuzzFeed's 29 Embarrassing culture errors, One wrong
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BuzzFeed's 29 Embarrassing culture errors, One wrong
By: Sydney Smith
March 11, 2014 08:00 PM EST
Buzzfeed posted a listicle recently about "29 Embarrassing Things You Should Absolutely Avoid While Traveling Abroad." Unfortunately, BuzzFeed got one of those things wrong.  The March 11 list by...
S African TV News Fallout, Broadcast Pistorius trial witness photo
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S African TV News Fallout, Broadcast Pistorius trial witness photo
By: Sydney Smith
March 11, 2014 07:50 PM EST
Last week, South African TV news station eNCA apologized after showing a photo of a witness in the Oscar Pistorius trial. The judge had previously ruled witnesses who didn't want to be on camera were allowed to have...
ABC Australian depicts Journalist as 'dogf**ker' in satire, 200 complaints
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ABC Australian depicts Journalist as 'dogf**ker' in satire, 200 complaints
By: Sydney Smith
March 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Australian journalist Chris Kenny is suing national public broadcaster Australian Broadcasting Corporation over a September 2013 satirical segment about him. ABC's The Hamster Decides, a late-night entertainment...
Why did Press Gazette lift verbatim from PCC? Plagiarism or Bad Re-write?
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Why did Press Gazette lift verbatim from PCC? Plagiarism or Bad Re-write?
By: Sydney Smith
March 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Press Gazette lifted verbatim content from a Press Complaints Commission ruling in January, iMediaEthics discovered. Press Gazette is a UK journalism news site. When iMediaEthics asked Press Gazette editor...
NYT No longer predicts Fmr Ukraine prez will be executed after Kiev trial,  Corrects
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NYT No longer predicts Fmr Ukraine prez will be executed after Kiev trial, Corrects
By: Sydney Smith
March 09, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The New York Times "referred imprecisely to [the] possible fate" of Viktor F. Yanukovych in a Feb. 25 article about Yanukovych's home, a March 4 correction states.   Yanukoyvch was ousted as...
France's Canal Plus TV secretly taped Chelsea football manager?
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France's Canal Plus TV secretly taped Chelsea football manager?
By: Sydney Smith
March 08, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A UK football manger, Jose Mourinho, slammed France's Canal Football Club for airing a private conversation that he says was secretly recorded.  Mourinho manages Chelsea football and formerly worked with Real Madrid...
 Was Leah Goodman, Bitcoin reporter, undercover? Newsweek Editors Need to Respond
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Was Leah Goodman, Bitcoin reporter, undercover? Newsweek Editors Need to Respond
By: Sydney Smith, Rhonda Roland Shearer
March 07, 2014 07:30 PM EST
Did Newsweek reporter Leah McGrath Goodman, whose Bitcoin report has sparked a huge debate about privacy, trick her source by not properly identifying herself as a reporter or the real story she was working on at the start...
Are Journalists Informing Sources About Possible Interview Fall Out?
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Are Journalists Informing Sources About Possible Interview Fall Out?
By: Sydney Smith
March 07, 2014 05:08 PM EST
Should journalists do more to inform sources of potential fallout from being interviewed? What are the real-world consequences for media subjects? The Canadian...
U-2 Pilot Crash Story Disputed, Calif. Press-Enterprise retracts
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U-2 Pilot Crash Story Disputed, Calif. Press-Enterprise retracts
By: Sydney Smith
March 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Press-Enterprise retracted a November story about a former U-2 pilot's experiences after it wasn't able to confirm they were real. Unfortunately, the newspaper's fact check of the former pilot's claims...
A Woman's Scream Aired in BBC Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Report
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A Woman's Scream Aired in BBC Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Report
By: Sydney Smith
March 06, 2014 05:19 PM EST
BBC Radio in Coventry & Warwickshire aired a sound clip of a screaming woman and howling dogs while reporting on the murder trial for Oscar Pistorius this week. The shocking error likely sent chills down the spines...
Reeva Steenkamp's family needed money, NBC News Pays them
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Reeva Steenkamp's family needed money, NBC News Pays them
By: Sydney Smith
March 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
NBC News is paying Reeva Steenkamp's family "a very modest licensing fee," the Washington Post's Paul Farhi reported.  Steenkamp was killed last year by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, aka "Blade...
This is NYT's Oldest Correction: NYT fixes errors from 1853 Article about a Slave
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This is NYT's Oldest Correction: NYT fixes errors from 1853 Article about a Slave
By: Sydney Smith
March 05, 2014 04:40 PM EST
Is this the New York Times' oldest correction? The New York Times corrected this week an 1853 article about Solomon Northup, the man whose story became the Oscar-winning movie 12 Years a Slave. The correction,...
Washington and Lee U hires Aly Colon as Knight Chair for Journalism Ethics
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Washington and Lee U hires Aly Colon as Knight Chair for Journalism Ethics
By: Sydney Smith
March 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
NBC News director of standards and practices Aly Colón was named Washington and Lee University's new Knight Chair for Journalism Ethics. "Media without ethics become media without trust,"...
[UPDATED] LATimes, Time, BuzzFeed Cite Poll? 10% America thinks 'HTML is a STD'?
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[UPDATED] LATimes, Time, BuzzFeed Cite Poll? 10% America thinks 'HTML is a STD'?
By: Sydney Smith
March 04, 2014 08:12 PM EST
The LA Times reported today on a UK coupon website's survey of Americans saying that 1 out of 10 Americans thought HTML is an STD. From there, several news sites including Time, BuzzFeed and Talking Points Memo...
Ironic? Libel settlement Will Build House Newspaper Falsely Reported Politician Owned
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Ironic? Libel settlement Will Build House Newspaper Falsely Reported Politician Owned
By: Sydney Smith
March 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Ghana newspaper The Daily Guide must pay a politician Ghc250,000 (almost $100,000) after the newspaper's March 2, and 3, 2011 report titled "Asiedu Nketia's Plush Mansion" was found libelous, Ghana's...
'Mass panic' in the Philippines from Fake News Report
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'Mass panic' in the Philippines from Fake News Report
By: Sydney Smith
March 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Philippines national news station ABS-CBN apologized after its false report "caused a mass panic." ABS-CBN had reported Feb....
Were Paparazzi photos of Irish RTE TV anchor taken from 'in the bushes'?
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Were Paparazzi photos of Irish RTE TV anchor taken from 'in the bushes'?
By: Sydney Smith
March 02, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Irish Daily Mirror editor John Kierans admitted that it was a "mistake" to publish undercover photos of RTE news anchor Sharon ni Bheolain taken after it was revealed that she had been...
Maltese journalists to get new ethics code
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Maltese journalists to get new ethics code
By: Sydney Smith
March 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Institute of Maltese journalists is planning to set up a new code of ethics this year, Malta Today...
Seriously? 8 Rape Victims IDed, Error called a 'Boo-Boo'
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Seriously? 8 Rape Victims IDed, Error called a 'Boo-Boo'
By: Sydney Smith
February 28, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Swaziland Observer identified eight alleged rape victims in a Feb. 18 front page story, Richard Rooney reported on the blog Swazi Media Commentary. The article included "names and details of how each attack...
Huff Post, Globe & Mail, etc., Duped Again! Ghostbusters FDNY Photo Debunked after Harold Ramis death
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Huff Post, Globe & Mail, etc., Duped Again! Ghostbusters FDNY Photo Debunked after Harold Ramis death
By: Sydney Smith
February 27, 2014 12:54 PM EST
Who ya gonna call?  It's the New York City Fire Department, in the case of an old photo of the Ghostbusters sign outside of FDNY Ladder Company 8 that circulated this week after the Feb. 24 death of...
 '42 Counts' For Fake Sky News AU reporter, Interviewed Football Star
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'42 Counts' For Fake Sky News AU reporter, Interviewed Football Star
By: Sydney Smith
February 27, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Pretending to be a reporter can have real legal consequences, as one Australian man is learning after interviewing a football star. A man named Kane Hicks is accused of impersonating a Sky News reporter to gain access...
Why Mark Zuckerberg Octopus Cartoon Evokes 'Nazi Propaganda,' German Paper Apologizes
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Why Mark Zuckerberg Octopus Cartoon Evokes 'Nazi Propaganda,' German Paper Apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
February 26, 2014 03:15 PM EST
German cartoonist Burkhard Mohr apologized after his cartoon of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was accused of anti-Semitism and invoking "Nazi propaganda."  The cartoon, published Feb 21 in German...
Oscar Pistorius trial or media circus? Concerns from South Africa
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Oscar Pistorius trial or media circus? Concerns from South Africa
By: Sydney Smith
February 26, 2014 05:00 AM EST
"Journalistic ethics will be stretched" during the media coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa, journalism professor Anton Harber wrote in a Feb. 13 column for Business Day. Harber, the Director of...
200 'Top Homos' outed by Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper
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200 'Top Homos' outed by Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper
By: Sydney Smith
February 25, 2014 02:14 PM EST
Ugandan tabloid The Red Pepper identified 200 people it said werethe country's "top homos." The front page story read in part: "EXPOSED! Uganda's 200 Top Homos Named." The front page report...
Man on Fire in Ukraine Front page photo criticized in Globe & Mail
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Man on Fire in Ukraine Front page photo criticized in Globe & Mail
By: Sydney Smith
February 25, 2014 05:00 AM EST
On Feb. 19, The Globe and Mail published a graphic front-page photograph of a man on fire in Ukraine. The image shows the man with his hands over his face and fire blazing over his shoulders and neck. It was...
Justin Bieber Atlanta protests: 30+ news outlets hoaxed
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Justin Bieber Atlanta protests: 30+ news outlets hoaxed
By: Sydney Smith
February 24, 2014 04:26 PM EST
Countless news outlets were hoaxed by a radio prank claiming Justin Bieber was planning to move to Atlanta and residents were protesting. But, Cumulus Media's 100.5 morning show The Regular Guys was behind the hoax...
Jimmy Kimmel's Sochi Prank Cried Wolf, Used Lies To Discredit News Outlets, and why was ABC News in on it?
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Jimmy Kimmel's Sochi Prank Cried Wolf, Used Lies To Discredit News Outlets, and why was ABC News in on it?
By: Sydney Smith
February 24, 2014 04:04 PM EST
Many news outlets were hoaxed by a Jimmy Kimmel prank video of a wolf in Sochi. But, adding a twist to the hoax, ABC News knew about the video was a hoax from ABC late night program Jimmy Kimmel Live and didn't...
Lena Dunham says Jezebel's $10,000 Offer For Photos Was 'Messed Up'
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Lena Dunham says Jezebel's $10,000 Offer For Photos Was 'Messed Up'
By: Sydney Smith
February 24, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Actress and writer Lena Dunham called the blog Jezebel's $10,000 bid for pre-Photoshopped photographs of her "messed up" in an interview with Grantland's Bill Simmons. Last month, Jezebel put out a call...
Burma President Photoshopped Into Dancer, Media Ethics Fail?
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Burma President Photoshopped Into Dancer, Media Ethics Fail?
By: Sydney Smith
February 23, 2014 05:00 AM EST
“We are trying to promote ethics among journalists, so I am upset by this,"  Ko Ko, the editor of The Yangon Times, told Irrawaddy after The Right Time weekly published a Photoshopped image of the...
Northwestern Prof Not Accused of Rape, Sues Evanston Review, My Fox Chicago/Fox 32 News, WLS-AM 890 for Libel
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Northwestern Prof Not Accused of Rape, Sues Evanston Review, My Fox Chicago/Fox 32 News, WLS-AM 890 for Libel
By: Sydney Smith
February 22, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Northwestern University philosophy professor Peter Ludlow is suing three Chicago news outlets for libel over a story saying he was accused of rape, the Daily Northwestern reported. Ludlow is suing over an article titled...
Pakistan & Indian Media Ethics? 'Be impolite'
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Pakistan & Indian Media Ethics? 'Be impolite'
By: Sydney Smith
February 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
You have "to be impolite to coax information out of his sources," Kolkata Press Club general secretary Anindya Sengupta said at a Feb. 16 media ethics event. The event, "State of Media in Pakistan and...
Washington Post names new reader representative [MEMO]
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Washington Post names new reader representative [MEMO]
By: Sydney Smith
February 20, 2014 10:36 AM EST
The Washington Post named Alison Coglianese its new reader representative this morning, according to a Washington Post memo sent to iMediaEthics. Coglianese has been with the Post since May 2011, and has previously been...
Were Asylum Seekers 'burned,' tortured by Australian Navy? ABC Said so
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Were Asylum Seekers 'burned,' tortured by Australian Navy? ABC Said so
By: Sydney Smith
February 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) has been slammed for its report about allegations that the Australian Navy mistreated asylum seekers.  ABC has backed off somewhat from its claims, issuing a statement earlier...
WFAA-TV Dale Hansen's Michael Sam Story Stolen
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WFAA-TV Dale Hansen's Michael Sam Story Stolen
By: Sydney Smith
February 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
WFAA-TV's Dale Hansen's report on Michael Sam, a defensive lineman and NFL draft prospect who came out as gay earlier this month,  was plagiarized, Jim Romenesko reported.  The guilty party was The Los...
Reporter made Olympic Skier Cry, Was it Unethical? NBC Takes Heat For Sochi Interview
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Reporter made Olympic Skier Cry, Was it Unethical? NBC Takes Heat For Sochi Interview
By: Sydney Smith
February 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
NBC's Christin Cooper's interview of skier Bode Miller has generated controversy. Many viewers were angry about Cooper's asking Miller about his late brother, which prompted him to break down in...
Anti-Gay Birthday Party RSVP Hoax? 2 Long Island radio hosts suspended
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Anti-Gay Birthday Party RSVP Hoax? 2 Long Island radio hosts suspended
By: Sydney Smith
February 17, 2014 08:40 PM EST
Two New York radio hosts were suspended for creating a hoax RSVP to a child's birthday party. The hosts, Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson of WKJY 98.3, had published on their station's website a fake RSVP to a...
Stephen Harper hockey photo not fake, Globe & Mail didn't Photoshop
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Stephen Harper hockey photo not fake, Globe & Mail didn't Photoshop
By: Sydney Smith
February 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Globe and Mail did not Photoshop a picture of Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, public editor Sylvia Stead explained in a Feb. 14 blogpost. It is an optical illusion that there appears to be a...
E! Online Hits Delete After Its Ellen Page Dresses Like a 'Massive Man' Blogpost
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E! Online Hits Delete After Its Ellen Page Dresses Like a 'Massive Man' Blogpost
By: Sydney Smith
February 16, 2014 01:55 PM EST
E! Online unpublished a story describing Ellen Page's gym outfit as "dressing like a massive man" just a day after the actress called out the negative post. Page, who has starred in To Rome with Love,...
Payne Ethics Award Honors Journalists, Entries due March 3
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Payne Ethics Award Honors Journalists, Entries due March 3
By: Sydney Smith
February 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The University of Oregon's journalism school is calling for entries to its annual journalism ethics awards. Each year, the university's School of Journalism and Communication awards the Ancil Payne Award for...
'You're Grounded,' Unusual consequences for Michigan Student Journalists
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'You're Grounded,' Unusual consequences for Michigan Student Journalists
By: Sydney Smith
February 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The dean of students at Michigan's private college Albion grounded student publication The Pleiad for nine days. Much like naughty children being sent to their rooms, the ban on publication came after the...
Michael Dunn's F-Bomb aired on CNN during trial, Anderson Cooper apologizes
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Michael Dunn's F-Bomb aired on CNN during trial, Anderson Cooper apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
February 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
CNN's Anderson Cooper apologized after the network aired profanity in its coverage of Michael Dunn's trial, Mediaite reported. The testimony was shown during Cooper's program Anderson Cooper 360. Dunn is on...
OK! Admits To Fake Jennifer Lawrence Story, Actress NOT Engaged
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OK! Admits To Fake Jennifer Lawrence Story, Actress NOT Engaged
By: Sydney Smith
February 13, 2014 05:43 PM EST
OK! magazine has admitted it published a fake story about actress Jennifer Lawrence. The Feb. 3 story claimed that actor Nicholas Hoult proposed to Lawrence on Christmas Eve. As evidence,...
ARod lawyer accuses 2 NYDaily News reporters of 'conspiracy,' sues for libel
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ARod lawyer accuses 2 NYDaily News reporters of 'conspiracy,' sues for libel
By: Sydney Smith
February 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Alex Rodriguez's lawyer is suing The New York Daily News for defamation. The lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, claims that two Daily News reporters, Nathaniel Vinton and Michael O'Keeffe, defamed him in a...
Wisc Gov Scott Walker called liar after Right Wing News blogger misquotes him
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Wisc Gov Scott Walker called liar after Right Wing News blogger misquotes him
By: Sydney Smith
February 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Right Wing News blogger John Hawkins' misquotation of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker resulted in him being called a liar and mocked by media outlets. Hawkins had originally written on his blog, before his...
RTE: Our libel defense 'Unlikely to Succeed Before Jury,' Homophobic Remarks cost us
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RTE: Our libel defense 'Unlikely to Succeed Before Jury,' Homophobic Remarks cost us
By: Sydney Smith
February 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Irish broadcaster RTE paid €85,000 in a libel settlement over comments made in a Jan. 11 entertainment program Saturday Night Show. A guest, Rory O'Neill, "better known by his drag queen alter ego Pandora...
AP Deletes 7 Photos from Cuba, Fidel Castro's Hearing Aid Photoshopped out
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AP Deletes 7 Photos from Cuba, Fidel Castro's Hearing Aid Photoshopped out
By: Sydney Smith
February 10, 2014 07:32 PM EST
The Associated Press discovered that some photographs of Fidel Castro had been Photoshopped and is now reviewing "all Cuban handout pictures of Castro" according to an AP news story. The photos were taken by...
Do Bikini photos violate Valerie Trierweiler's privacy? Closer mag sued again
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Do Bikini photos violate Valerie Trierweiler's privacy? Closer mag sued again
By: Sydney Smith
February 10, 2014 12:11 PM EST
Valerie Trierweiler, the former partner of French president Francois Hollande, is suing Closer for invasion of privacy after the French magazine published photos of her on vacation on the island Mauritius, Agence...
Fake David Bar Katz 'Tricked' National Enquirer? Real Katz suing for Philip Seymour Hoffman gay lovers claim
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Fake David Bar Katz 'Tricked' National Enquirer? Real Katz suing for Philip Seymour Hoffman gay lovers claim
By: Sydney Smith
February 10, 2014 11:28 AM EST
David Bar Katz is suing the National Enquirer over its Feb. 17 cover story claiming he and Philip Seymour Hoffman were lovers and that he saw the actor taking cocaine and heroin. Katz, a playwright and friend of Hoffman,...
 Call for Ethics Award Nominations: Univ. of Wisconsin expands Shadid Award to National Media
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Call for Ethics Award Nominations: Univ. of Wisconsin expands Shadid Award to National Media
By: Sydney Smith
February 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison's journalism ethics center is inviting journalists to submit their 2013 reports for a journalism award promoting ethics. Robert Drechsel, the center's James E. Burgess chair in...
Holding Up a Mirror to Journalism, Mirror Awards Entries due Feb. 14
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Holding Up a Mirror to Journalism, Mirror Awards Entries due Feb. 14
By: Sydney Smith
February 09, 2014 05:00 AM EST
 Winnipeg Mayor Says He's Not a Criminal, Sues Student Newspaper
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Winnipeg Mayor Says He's Not a Criminal, Sues Student Newspaper
By: Sydney Smith
February 08, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A Canadian mayor is suing University of Winnipeg's weekly student newspaper The Uniter for libel over its Dec. 4 editorial, "Local political blunder." Sam Katz, the mayor of Winnipeg, is suing writer Josh...
Tanzanian Media 'Improved' its Ethics, But Still Has 'Challenges,' says Media Council
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Tanzanian Media 'Improved' its Ethics, But Still Has 'Challenges,' says Media Council
By: Sydney Smith
February 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Tanzanian media has been better at abiding by journalism ethics standards, the Media Council of Tanzania's Arbitration and Ethics Manager Allan Lawa said at a media event this week. "Frankly speaking, the level...
'Mental Illness' Story Gone Wrong at The Michigan Daily, Newspaper apologizes, retracts
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'Mental Illness' Story Gone Wrong at The Michigan Daily, Newspaper apologizes, retracts
By: Sydney Smith
February 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Michigan Daily issued one heck of a retraction and apology for an article about mental illness. The article included incorrect information about Madison Holleran, a Univ. of Pennsylvania freshman who police say died last...
'Greatest Danger is a Complacent Journalist,' says Indian Newspaper Editor
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'Greatest Danger is a Complacent Journalist,' says Indian Newspaper Editor
By: Sydney Smith
February 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
At a media event in India this week, journalists were reminded to report in public interest and to check sources to prevent biased reporting. Leaking and whistleblowing were also a major topic during the two-day...
Philip Seymour Hoffman a 'Junkie Actor Dad?' Australia's Telegraph Changes headline
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Philip Seymour Hoffman a 'Junkie Actor Dad?' Australia's Telegraph Changes headline
By: Sydney Smith
February 04, 2014 06:55 PM EST
This is definitely one of the more insensitive headlines iMediaEthics has seen in a while. The Australian Daily Telegraph headlined a story about the news of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's Sunday death "Kids grieve...
Russell Brand: I Didn't Cheat On My Girlfriend, Sues the Sun for Libel
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Russell Brand: I Didn't Cheat On My Girlfriend, Sues the Sun for Libel
By: Sydney Smith
February 04, 2014 10:53 AM EST
Actor and comedian Russell Brand is suing the UK Sun on Sunday for...
Hoax: North Korea didn't send 17-year-old astronaut to the Sun
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Hoax: North Korea didn't send 17-year-old astronaut to the Sun
By: Sydney Smith
February 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
No, North Korea didn't land a teenaged astronaut on the sun in the dark of night. Irish satire site Waterford Whispers News' Jan. 21 story is the latest to hoax the media with a ridiculous claim about North...
Chris Christie Bridgegate: NYT back-pedals from attack with Hidden Edits
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Chris Christie Bridgegate: NYT back-pedals from attack with Hidden Edits
By: Sydney Smith
February 03, 2014 09:30 PM EST
The New York Times should have disclosed that it changed the first paragraph of its story on former Port Authority official David Wildstein's claims, Times public editor Margaret Sullivan reported today. The Times...
3 Errors in Google Android Stories Guardian Shouldn't Have Published
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3 Errors in Google Android Stories Guardian Shouldn't Have Published
By: Sydney Smith
February 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Guardian prematurely published an article on Google Android software, according to a correction published in its Jan. 30 Corrections and Clarifications column. There were two errors in the article that shouldn't...
Pakistan Media Needs to Implement Code of Conduct?
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Pakistan Media Needs to Implement Code of Conduct?
By: Sydney Smith
February 02, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Pakistan's Press Council Chairman Raja Shafqat Abbasi called for the country's media to follow its code of conduct and serve as a "guide" for the public, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP)...
'Go F**k Yourself' Ad a Viral Marketing Hoax in Penn State college paper
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'Go F**k Yourself' Ad a Viral Marketing Hoax in Penn State college paper
By: Sydney Smith
February 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Penn State student newspaper The Daily Collegian's much-talked about "Go F**K Yourself" ad from a scorned girl to her ex was a hoax, College Media Matters' Dan Reimold reported. The full-page ad said:...
Florida's Capitol News Service Fires 2 after Republican Graphic Fail
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Florida's Capitol News Service Fires 2 after Republican Graphic Fail
By: Sydney Smith
January 31, 2014 08:18 PM EST
Capitol News Service fired two staff members after creating a graphic that call the Republican Party of Florida the Reprehensive Party of Florida, Jim Romenesko reported. The graphic was aired in a segment on Miami...
Ariel Sharon Didn't lead Beirut massacre, Ireland's RTE Corrects
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Ariel Sharon Didn't lead Beirut massacre, Ireland's RTE Corrects
By: Sydney Smith
January 31, 2014 06:01 PM EST
Following complaints, Irish public broadcaster RTE corrected a report about former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died Jan. 11 after eight years in a coma. The Jewish Chronicle characterized the RTE statement...
Single Mom Sob Story? JK Rowling sues Daily Mail for Libel
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Single Mom Sob Story? JK Rowling sues Daily Mail for Libel
By: Sydney Smith
January 31, 2014 05:00 AM EST
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series and last year's Casual Vacancy, has filed a libel lawsuit against the UK Daily Mail. Rowling claims the Mail misrepresented her first-person account of being a...
MSNBC apologizes to Republicans over 'outrageous' Cheerios ad tweet
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MSNBC apologizes to Republicans over 'outrageous' Cheerios ad tweet
By: Sydney Smith
January 30, 2014 04:23 PM EST
MSNBC president Phil Griffin apologized and fired a staff member who sent out an "offensive" tweet about Cheerios cereal's new commercial showing a biracial...
Pope John Paul II Relic case found, but Blood cloth not: 4 Problems with Media Coverage
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Pope John Paul II Relic case found, but Blood cloth not: 4 Problems with Media Coverage
By: Sydney Smith
January 30, 2014 02:15 PM EST
News stories this week shouted that a vial of the late Pope John Paul II's blood was stolen by Satanists! While the story contains a nugget of truth, media outlets have sensationalized the story, changed facts, and used...
 Student Journalist's Work Reviewed after plagiarism incident
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Student Journalist's Work Reviewed after plagiarism incident
By: Sydney Smith
January 30, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Clueless 'skinny white woman' writes about 'heavy set' black woman in yoga, Goes viral
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Clueless 'skinny white woman' writes about 'heavy set' black woman in yoga, Goes viral
By: Sydney Smith
January 29, 2014 06:52 PM EST
What if a clueless "skinny white woman" has fantasies about what a "heavy set" black woman in her yoga class is thinking? XoJane.com editor Rebecca Carroll published such a story and now admits that the...
Journalists Called 'Serial Liars' By Editor Vindicated In Libel Lawsuit
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Journalists Called 'Serial Liars' By Editor Vindicated In Libel Lawsuit
By: Sydney Smith
January 29, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Maltese editor Josef Caruana was found guilty of libel over a 2012 article claiming two other journalists were making millions and sending the money abroad, according to the Times of Malta. Caruana...
Yankees pitcher Tanaka as WWII Zero Pilot? Asian Journalist Group says NY Post Cover Offensive
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Yankees pitcher Tanaka as WWII Zero Pilot? Asian Journalist Group says NY Post Cover Offensive
By: Sydney Smith
January 28, 2014 07:30 PM EST
"Yanks sign Japanese ace." That was the headline that accompanied an illustration of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka piloting a plane reminiscent of World War II Zero aviators that attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7,...
Phone Hacking Trial: Journalist admits hacking Daniel Craig's phone
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Phone Hacking Trial: Journalist admits hacking Daniel Craig's phone
By: Sydney Smith
January 28, 2014 05:25 PM EST
Former News of the World and Sunday Mirror journalist Daniel Evans confessed to phone hacking. He also claimed Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who went on to become Prime Minister David Cameron's...
4 Reasons Why Infamous Stephen Glass Failed To Become a Lawyer
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4 Reasons Why Infamous Stephen Glass Failed To Become a Lawyer
By: Sydney Smith
January 28, 2014 05:10 PM EST
Notorious serial fabricator Stephen Glass, who faked numerous stories for the New Republic in the 1990s,  isn't rehabilitated according to California's Supreme Court ruling this week. Now he has failed to become...
Toronto Life settles libel lawsuit after 'Hunting ground for sexual predators' comment
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Toronto Life settles libel lawsuit after 'Hunting ground for sexual predators' comment
By: Sydney Smith
January 28, 2014 05:00 AM EST
York University ended its lawsuit against Toronto Life, according to Canadan Jounalism Project's J-Source. The university confirmed to iMediaEthics it agreed to dismiss the lawsuit. Toronto Life is a monthly...
UPDATED: Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Media over 'Hateful Eight' Script Leak Copyright
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UPDATED: Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Media over 'Hateful Eight' Script Leak Copyright
By: Sydney Smith
January 27, 2014 01:11 PM EST
Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media over "blatant copyright infringement"  after one of its blogs linked to a leaked script, according to Mediaite. Tarantino was planning to direct a movie titled The...
Hoax: Photo of Syrian boy sleeping between parents' graves was staged
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Hoax: Photo of Syrian boy sleeping between parents' graves was staged
By: Sydney Smith
January 27, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Indian daily newspaper The Daily Bhaskar and others were hoaxed by a fake photo purporting to be of a Syrian child sleeping in between his parents' graves.   But, the photographer, who lives in Saudi Arabia, posed...
Alter what's real in photos, lose 'credibility,' Toronto Star visuals editor says
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Alter what's real in photos, lose 'credibility,' Toronto Star visuals editor says
By: Sydney Smith
January 26, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Toronto Star's public editor Kathy English used her Friday column to address this week's announcement from the Associated Press that it axed a freelancer for doctoring a photo.  As iMediaEthics wrote...
NYT Magazine 'Surprised' Hillary Clinton Planet Cover Called Sexist
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NYT Magazine 'Surprised' Hillary Clinton Planet Cover Called Sexist
By: Sydney Smith
January 25, 2014 02:05 PM EST
The New York Times Magazine's cover image showing Hillary Clinton's face on a planet is all over the Internet this week. Outside of criticism for being "quirky," "bizarre," or sexist, the image...
'A Carnivorous Hedonist?' Photo of late BBC's Komla Dumor slammed, Ghana Web apologizes
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'A Carnivorous Hedonist?' Photo of late BBC's Komla Dumor slammed, Ghana Web apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
January 25, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Was BBC host Komla Dumor responsible for his own death? A columnist claimed a photo used by GhanaWeb suggested that maybe he was because it showed him holding three fatty pieces of meat. While iMediaEthics finds the...
Courtney Love Cleared of Defamation in "Epic" 1st U.S. Twibel Trial
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Courtney Love Cleared of Defamation in "Epic" 1st U.S. Twibel Trial
By: Sydney Smith
January 24, 2014 09:03 PM EST
Courtney Love won her libel case, the first U.S. trial for libel over a tweet. Love had tweeted in 2010 that her then-lawyer Rhonda Holmes was "bought off." Holmes represented her in a fraud case related to...
CNN blogs, Twitter & Facebook hacked, hoax Syria & Al Qaeda posts published
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CNN blogs, Twitter & Facebook hacked, hoax Syria & Al Qaeda posts published
By: Sydney Smith
January 24, 2014 06:30 PM EST
Five CNN blogs and several CNN Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked yesterday, CNN disclosed in a Jan. 23 news story. Fake messages related to Syria were posted, including "Syrian Electronic Army Was...
Why did Harper's Bazaar Publish Playboy's Kate Moss Photos Without Permission? Playboy sues
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Why did Harper's Bazaar Publish Playboy's Kate Moss Photos Without Permission? Playboy sues
By: Sydney Smith
January 24, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Playboy magazine has filed a copyright lawsuit against Harper's Bazaar for publishing without permission its photos of Kate Moss. According to the UK Independent, Harper's Bazaar published a picture of Moss...
UPDATE: Thanks for Apologizing for Plagiarizing former Writer, Canadian University Press tells Concordian
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UPDATE: Thanks for Apologizing for Plagiarizing former Writer, Canadian University Press tells Concordian
By: Sydney Smith
January 23, 2014 08:27 PM EST
The Canadian University Press has upped its call for a formal apology for plagiarism from Concordia University's independent student newspaper The Concordian. Tonight, Canadian University Press issued another formal...
NYTimes' Pig Photos Censored by Malaysian Printing Company?
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NYTimes' Pig Photos Censored by Malaysian Printing Company?
By: Sydney Smith
January 23, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Malaysian publication of the International New York Times censored the faces of pigs Jan. 22. In October, the New York Times announced the International New York Times as a "news report" to "serve the...
Photographer Fakes Syrian Photo, AP Fires him
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Photographer Fakes Syrian Photo, AP Fires him
By: Sydney Smith
January 22, 2014 06:48 PM EST
The Associated Press fired one of its freelance photographers for doctoring a photo taken in Syria. In an AP press statement, the news organization said that  the photographer, Narciso Contreras, Photoshopped a...
Was Esquire Review of HBO 'Looking' Homophobic? Issued apology for offending
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Was Esquire Review of HBO 'Looking' Homophobic? Issued apology for offending
By: Sydney Smith
January 22, 2014 04:43 PM EST
Esquire magazine issued an apology after publishing a review of HBO's new show Looking that was said to be homophobic.  The Jan. 20 review by Mick Stingley, which was published on Esquire's...
UPDATED: 'Disappointed' about Quebec Newspaper retraction for plagiarizing Canadian University Press article
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UPDATED: 'Disappointed' about Quebec Newspaper retraction for plagiarizing Canadian University Press article
By: Sydney Smith
January 22, 2014 02:40 PM EST
Quebec-based newspaper The Concordian retracted a Jan. 7 article that lifted content from the Canadian University Press, a national university newspaper organization. The Concordian identifies itself as "an...
Toronto Star Ethicist's Response to Transgender Change Room Question Prompts Complaints
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Toronto Star Ethicist's Response to Transgender Change Room Question Prompts Complaints
By: Sydney Smith
January 22, 2014 05:00 AM EST
An anonymous woman asked the Toronto Star's ethics columnist Ken Gallinger about a man identifying as a transgender woman using the women's changing room. Many readers questioned if the letter was a hoax and how...
 Topless Sunbathing Photo in Sunday World not OK, PCC Rules
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Topless Sunbathing Photo in Sunday World not OK, PCC Rules
By: Sydney Smith
January 21, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Sunday World invaded the privacy of a woman named June McKibbin by publishing a topless photo of her and calling her a "bimbo," the UK Press Complaints Commission ruled. McKibbin complained to the PCC...
Hoax: Watching Sunrise on TV because of Smog in China? Daily Mail, Time and more Duped
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Hoax: Watching Sunrise on TV because of Smog in China? Daily Mail, Time and more Duped
By: Sydney Smith
January 20, 2014 10:31 PM EST
News outlets including the Daily Mail, Time magazine and the Daily Mirror published a fake story that China is using TV screens to show the sunrise, Mediaite reported. While Time magazine has published a lengthy...
UPDATED Photog Responds: Columbia Journalism Review Takes down Photo after Copyright Complaint
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UPDATED Photog Responds: Columbia Journalism Review Takes down Photo after Copyright Complaint
By: Sydney Smith
January 20, 2014 01:20 PM EST
Columbia Journalism Review unpublished a photograph after a Cleveland Plain Dealer photo editor complained of copyright violation. According to the blog Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times...
 137% of New Jersey Residents Think Fox News Needs a Math Tutor
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137% of New Jersey Residents Think Fox News Needs a Math Tutor
By: Sydney Smith, David W. Moore
January 20, 2014 05:00 AM EST
A Fox News graphic for the results of a Rasmussen poll on Chris Christie suggests that 137% of New Jerseyians have an opinion about their governor. The graphic, shown above via Media Matters' Tumblr and confirmed as...
More on Kim Jong Un Dog Hoax: 1st English News Report had Single Source, Unverified Claim
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More on Kim Jong Un Dog Hoax: 1st English News Report had Single Source, Unverified Claim
By: Sydney Smith
January 19, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Earlier this month, numerous outlets were hoaxed by a story claiming that Kim Jong-un fed his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, to 120 starving dogs. Many outlets pointed to the Singapore...
Courtney Love in Court, 1st Twitter Libel Trial in US
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Courtney Love in Court, 1st Twitter Libel Trial in US
By: Sydney Smith
January 18, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Courtney Love is in court defending herself against a libel lawsuit for a 2010 tweet about her then-lawyer. The case is important because it's the first U.S. trial for Twitter libel...
Jezebel Pays $10K for Pre-Photoshop Lena Dunham Vogue Pics, Checkbook Journalism?
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Jezebel Pays $10K for Pre-Photoshop Lena Dunham Vogue Pics, Checkbook Journalism?
By: Sydney Smith
January 17, 2014 04:19 PM EST
Breaking news! Fashion magazine Vogue uses Photoshop. The blog Jezebel paid $10,000 to get the pre-Photoshopped photos of Lena Dunham published by Vogue. Yesterday the blog, which reports on "celebrity, sex,...
Phone Hacking Scandal Story Wins Business Ethics Award
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Phone Hacking Scandal Story Wins Business Ethics Award
By: Sydney Smith
January 17, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Here's an ethics award iMediaEthics hasn't heard of: The Joint Professions for Good and Institute for Business Ethics Writings Awards. The awards are given by two groups based in the UK -- Professions for Good,...
Julie Gayet Suing over Privacy after Hollande Affair Claims
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Julie Gayet Suing over Privacy after Hollande Affair Claims
By: Sydney Smith
January 16, 2014 12:30 PM EST
Julie Gayet is suing French magazine Closer for invasion of privacy after Closer published a seven-page report with photos claiming she is having an affair with French president Francis...
Guardian may re-publish Emma Keller Post on Lisa Adams, 'I continue to regret not giving her notice,' Keller says
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Guardian may re-publish Emma Keller Post on Lisa Adams, 'I continue to regret not giving her notice,' Keller says
By: Sydney Smith
January 16, 2014 11:15 AM EST
Emma Keller should have told Lisa Adams, who has stage 4 breast cancer, that she was writing about her, Guardian readers editor Chris Elliott concluded in a report published today. "While there was no obligation for...
3 MSNBC Incidents, MSNBC Pres. Griffin says took quick 'action' after Alec Baldwin, Martin Bashir, & Melissa Harris-Perry debacles
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3 MSNBC Incidents, MSNBC Pres. Griffin says took quick 'action' after Alec Baldwin, Martin Bashir, & Melissa Harris-Perry debacles
By: Sydney Smith
January 16, 2014 05:00 AM EST
MSNBC president Phil Griffin called recent controversies involving three of network's hosts "unfortunate" and defended MSNBC's reaction as "transparent" in an interview with The Hollywood...
Black man with 'Suspicious activity?' Dominion Post Apologizes for 'Offensive' Report
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Black man with 'Suspicious activity?' Dominion Post Apologizes for 'Offensive' Report
By: Sydney Smith
January 15, 2014 06:18 AM EST
The Dominion Post, a West Virginia newspaper, made national news this week after publishing a three-sentence report saying police were looking for a black man "involved in some suspicious activity" without any...
W. Virginia Chemical Spill NOT Georgia-Pacific, Blog Retracts
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W. Virginia Chemical Spill NOT Georgia-Pacific, Blog Retracts
By: Sydney Smith
January 15, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Eastman Chemical -- NOT Georgia-Pacific -- produced the chemical polluting the water in West Virginia. De Smog Blog got the two companies mixed up and had to publish a full retraction and apology on Jan. 13. DeSmogBlog...
'Sarcastic'? NY Post Fredric Dicker Justifies 'Convenient Little Massacre' Remark
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'Sarcastic'? NY Post Fredric Dicker Justifies 'Convenient Little Massacre' Remark
By: Sydney Smith
January 14, 2014 08:00 PM EST
New York Post columnist and Talk 1300 radio host Fredric Dicker has been criticized after saying that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a "convenient little massacre." Dicker made the comments on his...
Pres. Francois Hollande Affair Story, Photos Unpublished by French Mag Closer After Injunction
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Pres. Francois Hollande Affair Story, Photos Unpublished by French Mag Closer After Injunction
By: Sydney Smith
January 14, 2014 04:34 PM EST
France's Closer magazine is again being accused of invasion of privacy, this time by French president Francois Hollande. In 2012, the UK Royal Family sued the magazine for invasion of privacy after it published...
No Apologies, NYT 'Readers misread my point,' says Bill Keller RE His Adams Cancer Column
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No Apologies, NYT 'Readers misread my point,' says Bill Keller RE His Adams Cancer Column
By: Sydney Smith
January 14, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller claimed readers who criticized his opinion article for the Times about Lisa Adams, who has stage 4 breast cancer, "misread my...
Why didn't NYT Credit NJ Record for Bridgegate E-mails? 'Would have been a generous gesture,' NYT public editor says
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Why didn't NYT Credit NJ Record for Bridgegate E-mails? 'Would have been a generous gesture,' NYT public editor says
By: Sydney Smith
January 13, 2014 06:20 PM EST
New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan addressed complaints that the paper didn't credit the NJ Record, which "was the first to post a story about the damning email exchanges" related to Bridgegate, the...
Emma Keller Admits Quoting Cancer Patient Lisa Adams' Private E-mails,  Guardian Unpublishes
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Emma Keller Admits Quoting Cancer Patient Lisa Adams' Private E-mails, Guardian Unpublishes
By: Sydney Smith
January 13, 2014 01:19 PM EST
The Guardian unpublished an article by Emma Keller, wife of former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, about cancer patient Lisa Adams that questioned "the ethics of tweeting terminal illness."  Adams...
2 College Newspapers Stop Naming Students in Police Blotters
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2 College Newspapers Stop Naming Students in Police Blotters
By: Sydney Smith
January 13, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The student newspapers for the University of Connecticut and Ohio's Miami University have stopped including names in police blotters, Poynter reported. Both University of Connecticut's The Daily Campus newspaper...
Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Diagnosis not a 'Fun Fact': E! News Apologizes From Golden Globes
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Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Diagnosis not a 'Fun Fact': E! News Apologizes From Golden Globes
By: Sydney Smith
January 12, 2014 10:01 PM EST
E! News apologized tonight for saying actor Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's diagnosis was a "fun fact." In its Golden Globes pre-coverage tonight, E! News used pop-up boxes to feature information about...
Starving Dogs Hoax Bites Media: Kim Jong-un' Uncle Not Naked, Eaten by '120 Ravenous Hounds'
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Starving Dogs Hoax Bites Media: Kim Jong-un' Uncle Not Naked, Eaten by '120 Ravenous Hounds'
By: Sydney Smith
January 12, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Hoaxes are hounding the media of late. NY Daily News and others were outright duped while others like NBC News gave credence without fact checking by giving oxygen to the dubious claim that Kim Jong un's uncle Jang Song...
Video Hoax: F-Bombing By Fox News Reporter Not Real
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Video Hoax: F-Bombing By Fox News Reporter Not Real
By: Sydney Smith
January 11, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The viral video of a reporter saying he wanted to "f***" a missing woman is fake. The YouTube video, posted on account "caindabomb," has more than 1 million views. The video is titled "Reporter...
'A mistake' to not have Ombuds Job, says Patrick Pexton, Fmr WaPo Ombudsman
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'A mistake' to not have Ombuds Job, says Patrick Pexton, Fmr WaPo Ombudsman
By: Sydney Smith
January 10, 2014 03:54 PM EST
The Washington Post will at some point replace Doug Feaver as readers representative, its editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told Media Matters. "We will continue to have someone in a reader rep role," he...
Fake Quote Alert! Pope Francis Didn't Say 'No literal Hell' or Adam & Eve, 'A Fable'
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Fake Quote Alert! Pope Francis Didn't Say 'No literal Hell' or Adam & Eve, 'A Fable'
By: Sydney Smith
January 10, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Pope Francis did not say that the Roman Catholic Church "no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer." He also didn't say Adam and Eve were a "fable" and that hell was a "literary...
Mediaite Editor uses fake name Jon Nicosia, impersonated doctor?
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Mediaite Editor uses fake name Jon Nicosia, impersonated doctor?
By: Sydney Smith
January 09, 2014 02:29 PM EST
Mediaite managing editor "Jon Nicosia" has been using a fake name to mask his past as a convicted felon. Nicosia's real name is Zachary Hildreth. He was convicted of bank fraud and larceny, and in 2002 admitted...
3 Rules For TV: Lee Rigby Murder Video, OK within UK Code for Graphic Content
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3 Rules For TV: Lee Rigby Murder Video, OK within UK Code for Graphic Content
By: Sydney Smith
January 09, 2014 05:00 AM EST
UK broadcast regulator OfCom dismissed complaints against nine TV and radio programs for airing graphic footage related to Lee Rigby's May 2013 murder in Woolwich.  As iMediaEthics wrote last week, OfCom...
WaPo Readers Rep Gone! Doug Feaver Out after less than a year
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WaPo Readers Rep Gone! Doug Feaver Out after less than a year
By: Sydney Smith
January 08, 2014 02:37 PM EST
Washington Post readers representative Doug Feaver is out at the newspaper, Media Matters reported. Feaver left the job after less than a year "for personal reasons," editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told Media...
Globe & Mail Published 62 Corrections a Month in 2013
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Globe & Mail Published 62 Corrections a Month in 2013
By: Sydney Smith
January 08, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest circulation national newspaper, published an average of 62 corrections a month (744 for the year) last year, the newspaper's public editor Sylvia Stead reported. In 2012,...
10 Times: NYT, ABC News Misled Readers About Robert Levinson Being CIA, Why?
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10 Times: NYT, ABC News Misled Readers About Robert Levinson Being CIA, Why?
By: Sydney Smith
January 07, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Last month, the Associated Press reported that Robert Levinson, an American man who went missing in Iran in March 2007, wasn't on a business trip but was actually working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Levinson...
CNN Mixes up Boston & NYC in Winter Storm Story
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CNN Mixes up Boston & NYC in Winter Storm Story
By: Sydney Smith
January 06, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Well, looks like the Huffington Post isn't the only outlet that needs a brush-up on geography. CNN mixed up Boston and New York City in a map on the winter storm that is currently hitting the U.S.  A map showing...
Mitt Romney,'We hold no ill will,' Accepts MSNBC's Harris-Perry Apology for Black Grandson Jokes
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Mitt Romney,'We hold no ill will,' Accepts MSNBC's Harris-Perry Apology for Black Grandson Jokes
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer, Sydney Smith
January 05, 2014 11:10 AM EST
Today, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared on Fox News Sunday and accepted MSNBC Melissa Harris-Perry's numerous apologies over a segment mocking his black grandson. Harris-Perry and guests on her...
Hoax alert! Jesse Pinkman & 36 Others not Killed from Marijuana, And Lost's Jack Shepard isn't the Doctor
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Hoax alert! Jesse Pinkman & 36 Others not Killed from Marijuana, And Lost's Jack Shepard isn't the Doctor
By: Sydney Smith
January 05, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Yet again satire site the Daily Currant duped the Internet with a fake story claiming 37 people in Colorado died from marijuana the first day it was legal. The Daily Currant's Jan. 2 story was titled ...
3rd Apology from MSNBC Harris-Perry For Making Romney's Black Grandson Butt of Segment Jokes
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3rd Apology from MSNBC Harris-Perry For Making Romney's Black Grandson Butt of Segment Jokes
By: Sydney Smith
January 04, 2014 07:40 PM EST
Mitt Romney accepted MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry apologies for comments her program aired about Romney's adopted black grandson. Yesterday's Harris-Perry's on-air apology was her third public statement about...
Journalist Impersonated a Priest to Get Hospital Access To Brain Injured Michael Schumacher
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Journalist Impersonated a Priest to Get Hospital Access To Brain Injured Michael Schumacher
By: Sydney Smith
January 04, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Michael Schumacher's manager said a journalist posing as a priest tried to sneak into Schumacher's hospital room in Grenoble. Schumacher is "the most successful driver in Formula One history," with...
Graphic Lee Rigby Murder Video, 680 Complaints to UK Broadcast Regulator OfCom
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Graphic Lee Rigby Murder Video, 680 Complaints to UK Broadcast Regulator OfCom
By: Sydney Smith
January 03, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The UK broadcast regulator has finished its investigation of complaints against media outlets that aired a graphic video of the men who attacked and killed soldier Lee Rigby in May in Woolwich. As iMediaEthics wrote...
California Blogger Mocks Latino Memorials with Mock Teddy Bear post, Unpublishes & says it's Satire
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California Blogger Mocks Latino Memorials with Mock Teddy Bear post, Unpublishes & says it's Satire
By: Sydney Smith
January 02, 2014 05:00 AM EST
Blogger Matthew Cunningham unpublished a mean-spirited post on the Anaheim Blog after numerous complaints of racism, The Voice of OC's Adam Elmahrek reported. Cunningham is "a conservative blogger funded by the...
Toronto Star's 2013 Corrections by the Numbers
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Toronto Star's 2013 Corrections by the Numbers
By: Sydney Smith
January 01, 2014 05:00 AM EST
The Toronto Star published 403 print corrections this year, Star public editor Kathy English reported. About a quarter of the corrections were "preventable errors" related to identifying people, English...
E!, Google News Uses Photo of Wrong Welsh Singer For Child Sex Abuse Story
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E!, Google News Uses Photo of Wrong Welsh Singer For Child Sex Abuse Story
By: Sydney Smith
December 30, 2013 05:00 AM EST
E! Online and Google News both used the wrong photo with a story on the child sex abuse conviction of Ian Watkins. Instead of using a picture of the real and convicted Watkins, both sites used a photo of Ian H Watkins,...
Steve Martin calls out Salon, TMZ, Twitchy for Misquoting Him
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Steve Martin calls out Salon, TMZ, Twitchy for Misquoting Him
By: Sydney Smith
December 28, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Even though actor and comedian Steve Martin apologized on his website for one of his tweets that were called racist, he also used his statement to call out media outlets that wrongly quoted his tweet. Martin's...
10 Top Media Errors from 2013: Anthony Weiner, Suzanne Somers, Zooey Deschanel, What a List!
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10 Top Media Errors from 2013: Anthony Weiner, Suzanne Somers, Zooey Deschanel, What a List!
By: Sydney Smith
December 27, 2013 05:00 AM EST
iMediaEthics collected, below, 10 of the most memorable corrections and errors we came across throughout the year. -- the most egregious, ridiculous, funny, or just plain wrong errors. See below our top 10 and comment at...
Financial Times Mistakes Bahrain Foreign Minister in Photo as Accused 9/11 'Plotter'
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Financial Times Mistakes Bahrain Foreign Minister in Photo as Accused 9/11 'Plotter'
By: Sydney Smith
December 26, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Whoops!  The Financial Times wrongly used a photo of Bahrain's foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa, with a report on accused 9/11 terrorist Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the Huffington Post reported....
Top 10 Lessons Learned From Media Mess-ups & Controversies of 2013
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Top 10 Lessons Learned From Media Mess-ups & Controversies of 2013
By: Sydney Smith
December 25, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Below, read iMediaEthics' list of the year's biggest media mess-ups and controversies.   10. Blogging 101: Don't Make Fun of your Readers? Jeff Gauger, the executive editor of a newspaper in...
Kate Middleton's Voicemails Hacked, According to News Of World Trial
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Kate Middleton's Voicemails Hacked, According to News Of World Trial
By: Sydney Smith
December 24, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Even the British Royal Family's personal phone calls were spied on according to evidence presented at the ongoing phone hacking trial in the UK against employees of the now-defunct Murdoch-owned newspaper, News of the...
The Ten Top Media Ethics Stories of 2013
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The Ten Top Media Ethics Stories of 2013
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December 23, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Below, check out iMediaEthics ten most read stories published in...
MP NOT 'Lazy,' On Maternity Leave, UK Sun Unpublishes & apologizes
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MP NOT 'Lazy,' On Maternity Leave, UK Sun Unpublishes & apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
December 22, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The UK Sun unpublished a list of "Top 10 laziest MPs" (MPs are Parliament members) after including a Parliament member who was on maternity leave. Lucy Powell, one of the MPs on the list, slammed the Sun on...
Top 10 Photo Flops of 2013: The Gruesome, Fake and Silly Photos
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Top 10 Photo Flops of 2013: The Gruesome, Fake and Silly Photos
By: Sydney Smith
December 21, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Below, check out iMediaEthics' roundup of our top ten photo flops of the year: the fake photos, the graphic photos, the photos that shouldn't have been published and more. BuzzFeed Posts Pic of Murdered...
10 Media Ousters, Resignations & Firings from 2013: Plagiarism, Offensive Comments, Errors & More
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10 Media Ousters, Resignations & Firings from 2013: Plagiarism, Offensive Comments, Errors & More
By: Sydney Smith
December 20, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Check out a roundup of iMediathics' top ten ousters from media outlets. iMediaEthics covered all of these media firings and resignations as they happened during the year. Read below summarizes. 1. Three Atlanta radio...
Rob Ford Apologizes Again, Toronto Star Reporter Ends Libel Lawsuit
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Rob Ford Apologizes Again, Toronto Star Reporter Ends Libel Lawsuit
By: Sydney Smith
December 19, 2013 10:28 AM EST
Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale dropped his libel proceedings against Mayor Rob Ford and ZoomerMedia last night. As iMediaEthics has reported, last week, Dale sent libel notices to both Ford and ZoomerMedia over...
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Actress NOT Prostitute, Gets Libel Settlement
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Actress NOT Prostitute, Gets Libel Settlement
By: Sydney Smith
December 19, 2013 05:00 AM EST
U.S. newspaper The China Free Press paid an undisclosed libel settlement to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" actress Zhang Ziyi, according to UPI. The Free Press's founder, Weican Null Meng, had published...
Ouch! Michigan Editor Plagiarizes former Intern, apologizes
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Ouch! Michigan Editor Plagiarizes former Intern, apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
December 18, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Toronto Star Reporter Still Suing Rob Ford, Calls Today's Apology Insufficient
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Toronto Star Reporter Still Suing Rob Ford, Calls Today's Apology Insufficient
By: Sydney Smith
December 17, 2013 07:12 PM EST
Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale is moving forward with his libel action against Rob Ford despite Ford's Dec. 17 public apology in a city council meeting. As iMediaEthics has written, Dale began libel proceedings...
CNN Deletes Edward Snowden Spy Tweet
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CNN Deletes Edward Snowden Spy Tweet
By: Sydney Smith
December 17, 2013 01:26 PM EST
This morning, CNN deleted a tweet saying Edward Snowden would spy for Brazil after Glenn Greenwald complained. The original tweet read, according to Mediaite: "Edward Snowden offers to spy on the US & help...
Rob Ford Apologizes to Toronto Star Reporter after Libel Notice [VIDEO]
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Rob Ford Apologizes to Toronto Star Reporter after Libel Notice [VIDEO]
By: Sydney Smith
December 17, 2013 01:20 PM EST
'Islamophobia' in the media featured at India media ethics conference
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'Islamophobia' in the media featured at India media ethics conference
By: Sydney Smith
December 17, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Earlier this month, iMediaEthics wrote about an Indian media ethics conference that focused on "ethics and social responsibility."  iMediaEthics has since heard back from the organizers of the Nov. 29-30...
6 Names Toronto Star Calls Conrad Black After Libel Lawsuit
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6 Names Toronto Star Calls Conrad Black After Libel Lawsuit
By: Sydney Smith
December 16, 2013 05:00 AM EST
"Fool," "disgraced," "fart-catching," a "shameless felon," "crooked," and "Great Blovarian." These are six names that Conrad Black complains he was called by...
Self-Regulation & Ethical News Reporting Featured at Sri Lanka Conference
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Self-Regulation & Ethical News Reporting Featured at Sri Lanka Conference
By: Sydney Smith
December 15, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Sri Lanka Press Institute is hosting an international journalism ethics conference in Colombo in January.  The Jan. 13-15 conference, titled the International Conference on Self-Regulation & Ethical News...
Canada's ZoomerMedia responds to Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale's Libel Lawsuit
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Canada's ZoomerMedia responds to Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale's Libel Lawsuit
By: Sydney Smith
December 14, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale announced Dec. 12 that he was going to sue Toronto mayor Rob Ford and VisionTV for  defamation over Ford's comments about him aired on VisionTV, as iMediaEthics has reported. While...
Nelson Mandela Corpse Photo Fake, Cruel Hoaxer used 1991 Madiba pic closing eyes
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Nelson Mandela Corpse Photo Fake, Cruel Hoaxer used 1991 Madiba pic closing eyes
By: Sydney Smith
December 13, 2013 08:50 AM EST
Can't the man rest in peace? A fake photo purporting to show Nelson Mandela's corpse is circulating. Hoaxers took a photo of Mandela closing his eyes and Photoshopped it to appear as if a rael image of the historic...
Huff Post Geography Fail, Says Hawaii an 'Independent Country'
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Huff Post Geography Fail, Says Hawaii an 'Independent Country'
By: Sydney Smith
December 13, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Someone over at Huffington Post needs a brush-up lesson on geography. In an article on Bill Murray and Emma Stone's surprise visit to a Hawaii military base, the Huffington Post wrongly called Hawaii -- one of the...
Toronto Star Reporter Daniel Dale to Sue Rob Ford, has 'the Toronto Star's full and complete support'
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Toronto Star Reporter Daniel Dale to Sue Rob Ford, has 'the Toronto Star's full and complete support'
By: Sydney Smith
December 12, 2013 05:38 PM EST
Toronto Star city hall reporter Daniel Dale is suing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for suggesting that he was a...
Fox News' Jana Winter Doesn't Have to ID James Holmes Notebook Sources, Reuters Corrects
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Fox News' Jana Winter Doesn't Have to ID James Holmes Notebook Sources, Reuters Corrects
By: Sydney Smith
December 12, 2013 05:00 AM EST
New York State's Court of Appeals ruled this week that Fox News' Jana Winter doesn't have to name her anonymous sources for her reports on last year's shootings in Aurora, Colorado at the Dark Knight Rises...
Kanye West Responds to Hoax Nelson Mandela Story, UK Zambians also Published Fake Interview
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Kanye West Responds to Hoax Nelson Mandela Story, UK Zambians also Published Fake Interview
By: Sydney Smith
December 11, 2013 05:00 AM EST
1,350 Complaints to BBC: Too much Nelson Mandela Coverage
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1,350 Complaints to BBC: Too much Nelson Mandela Coverage
By: Sydney Smith
December 10, 2013 05:00 AM EST
BBC Trust: 'Not Acceptable' To Fake Bear Scene in BBC Nature Documentary
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BBC Trust: 'Not Acceptable' To Fake Bear Scene in BBC Nature Documentary
By: Sydney Smith
December 09, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The BBC was called out by its own editorial standards committee for "misleading" viewers by faking a scene in a documentary. The BBC1 documentary The Great Bear Stakeout included a "re-enactment"...
MSNBC: 'No News Value' to Newtown School Shooting 911 Tapes
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MSNBC: 'No News Value' to Newtown School Shooting 911 Tapes
By: Sydney Smith
December 08, 2013 05:00 AM EST
911 calls placed during last year's mass shooting of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut were released to the media under court...
2 African News Sites Hoaxed by Kanye West, Nelson Mandela Satire Article
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2 African News Sites Hoaxed by Kanye West, Nelson Mandela Satire Article
By: Sydney Smith
December 07, 2013 05:03 PM EST
Two African news outlets were hoaxed by a Daily Currant satire story claiming that Kanye West said he would be the "next Nelson Mandela." The Daily Currant's Dec. 6 story, "Kanye West: 'I am the...
Hartford TV News Won't Report from Newtown on Sandy Hook Shooting Anniversary
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Hartford TV News Won't Report from Newtown on Sandy Hook Shooting Anniversary
By: Sydney Smith
December 07, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Hartford, Connecticut TV news channel WFSB announced that it wouldn't go to Newtown, Connecticut to cover the anniversary of last year's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children and six adults...
7 News Outlets Hoaxed by Fake Paul Walker Social Media Posts
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7 News Outlets Hoaxed by Fake Paul Walker Social Media Posts
By: Sydney Smith
December 06, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed in a car crash last weekend. Since his death, at least two hoax social media accounts have tricked the media - one posing as Walker's co-star Vin Diesel and one as...
 Journalism with a Conscience? Malaysia Conference This Weekend
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Journalism with a Conscience? Malaysia Conference This Weekend
By: Sydney Smith
December 05, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Global Peace Foundation is hosting an ethics conference this weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Dec. 6-8 conference includes two sessions on journalism ethics.     "Ethical Reporting: Journalism...
 Martin Bashir's Scatological Remarks About Sarah Palin Ends MSNBC Career
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Martin Bashir's Scatological Remarks About Sarah Palin Ends MSNBC Career
By: Sydney Smith
December 04, 2013 04:09 PM EST
Martin Bashir resigned from MSNBC today and repeated his "regret" for his comments about Sarah...
People.com Uses Wrong Photo with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Story
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People.com Uses Wrong Photo with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Story
By: Sydney Smith
December 04, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Whoops! People.com used the wrong photo with a story on the Bravo show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The entertainment news story was headlined...
Subway Train Victim Ki-Suck Han's Name Still Misspelled 1 Year after Death
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Subway Train Victim Ki-Suck Han's Name Still Misspelled 1 Year after Death
By: Sydney Smith
December 03, 2013 12:15 PM EST
'Dark Side of Media,' Corruption, Paid News in India Media Ethics Conference
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'Dark Side of Media,' Corruption, Paid News in India Media Ethics Conference
By: Sydney Smith
December 03, 2013 05:00 AM EST
"Ethics and social responsibility should be the watchword of every journalist," longtime Indian journalist B G Verhese said last week at a media ethics conference in Bangalore, India's Express News Service...
NYPost Wrong? Woman Denies Having Foot Amputated To Wear High Heels
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NYPost Wrong? Woman Denies Having Foot Amputated To Wear High Heels
By: Sydney Smith
December 02, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Mariah Serrano, a Long Island resident, called out the New York Post for sensationalizing and lying about the reason for her decision to have her leg amputated, New York City blog Gothamist reported. The New...
Daily Mail Apologizes for Publishing Sian Busby's Lung Removal, Cancer treatment
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Daily Mail Apologizes for Publishing Sian Busby's Lung Removal, Cancer treatment
By: Sydney Smith
December 01, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The UK Daily Mail apologized this week after revealing, back in 2008, details of Sian Busby's cancer.  Busby was married to BBC business editor Robert Peston until her death last year. Longtime journalist...
38 News Orgs Protest White House's 'Stringent Photo Policies'
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38 News Orgs Protest White House's 'Stringent Photo Policies'
By: Sydney Smith
November 30, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Newspaper publisher McClatchy, USA Today and the News Tribune all said this week that they won't publish White House hand-out photos. And, almost 40 news organizations complained about photo access to Barack Obama...
Greek Editor Acquitted AGAIN of Invasion of Privacy Charges
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Greek Editor Acquitted AGAIN of Invasion of Privacy Charges
By: Sydney Smith
November 29, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis was acquitted for the second time in two years of invasion of privacy charges after he published a list of wealthy Greeks with "secret bank accounts" in a 2012 issue of his...
NYT Won't Unpublish Palestinian Mother Photo
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NYT Won't Unpublish Palestinian Mother Photo
By: Sydney Smith
November 28, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan explained why the Times left a photo up despite complaints. Sullivan earlier reported, as iMediaEthics wrote over the weekend, that the photo, which showed a...
Ryanair Gets ANOTHER libel settlement, UK Independent Apologizes
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Ryanair Gets ANOTHER libel settlement, UK Independent Apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
November 27, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The UK Independent apologizedin a libel settlement to low-cost airline Ryanair for its Aug. 7 article  “Low-fuel flights put lives at risk”. In question was the Independent's claim Ryanair...
Lara Logan, Producer On Leave after 60 Minutes Benghazi Report Review
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Lara Logan, Producer On Leave after 60 Minutes Benghazi Report Review
By: Sydney Smith
November 26, 2013 07:40 PM EST
CBS News has taken disciplinary action in responding to airing a false story about the 2011 Benghazi attack. Lara Logan and her producer Max McClellan are now on a "leave of absence" because of Logan's...
Alec Baldwin Is Out at MSNBC, It's a 'Mutual Parting'
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Alec Baldwin Is Out at MSNBC, It's a 'Mutual Parting'
By: Sydney Smith
November 26, 2013 03:49 PM EST
MSNBC just released a statement with Matthew Hiltzik, Alec Baldwin's representative: "We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC, " according to USA Today. MSNBC clairified the split...
'Never use asterisks,' spell out curse words if you're using them, Guardian says
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'Never use asterisks,' spell out curse words if you're using them, Guardian says
By: Sydney Smith
November 26, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Guardian's corrections column co-editor Barbara Harper explained the newspaper's standards for using profanity after readers complained over the use of the word c**t in a Nov. 8 story, "Marine faces life...
NYT Admits Photo of Palestinian mother was a Bad Call, Received 100s of Complaints
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NYT Admits Photo of Palestinian mother was a Bad Call, Received 100s of Complaints
By: Sydney Smith
November 25, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The New York Times admitted it shouldn't have used a picture of a Palestinian mother with a story about the death of a recently killed Israeli soldier, Eden Atias, and the recent tensions in negotiations between Israelis...
$5K for Drunk Rob Ford Video NOT Checkbook Journalism says Toronto Star Public Editor
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$5K for Drunk Rob Ford Video NOT Checkbook Journalism says Toronto Star Public Editor
By: Sydney Smith
November 24, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Toronto Star's public editor Kathy English defended the Star's payment of $5,000 for a video of an intoxicated Rob Ford threatening to kill someone and the paper's adherence to ethical standards prohibiting...
Monster Tortoise a Hoax: Fake, Photo from a 2006 Japanese Movie
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Monster Tortoise a Hoax: Fake, Photo from a 2006 Japanese Movie
By: Sydney Smith
November 23, 2013 10:35 PM EST
A fake photo and story claiming that an 800-pound tortoise was discovered in the Amazon River has been making the Internet rounds. However, the image of the huge tortoise being used as evidence of the discovery is actually...
Readers asked: Why Doesn't the Guardian 'say sorry more often?'
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Readers asked: Why Doesn't the Guardian 'say sorry more often?'
By: Sydney Smith
November 23, 2013 05:00 AM EST
How do you get an apology from the UK Guardian? The paper's readers' editor, Chris Elliott, recently explained how it decides when to include an apology in a correction. In his Nov. 10 column, Elliott responded...
[Video Animation] Mike Forsythe Leaves Bloomberg News
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[Video Animation] Mike Forsythe Leaves Bloomberg News
By: Sydney Smith
November 22, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Mike Forsythe confirmed on Twitter this week that he is no longer with Bloomberg...
Ryan Reynolds Says Plane Puke Story 'Utterly Made-up,' 16 News Outlets Punked?
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Ryan Reynolds Says Plane Puke Story 'Utterly Made-up,' 16 News Outlets Punked?
By: Sydney Smith
November 21, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Actor Ryan Reynolds denied an anonymously sourced report that a fellow Delta Airlines passenger threw up on him while on a flight to New Orleans with Blake Lively. The story originated from Radar Online, which quoted two...
2 Fake Photos in Midwest Tornado Coverage
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2 Fake Photos in Midwest Tornado Coverage
By: Sydney Smith
November 20, 2013 05:00 AM EST
At least two fake storm photos were published or broadcast by news outlets reporting on the tornadoes in the Midwest last weekend. One of the photos was doctored to include a UFO, and the other was faked to insert a lewd...
CBS News 'Journalistic Review' of 60 Minutes' Benghazi Story 'Ongoing'
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CBS News 'Journalistic Review' of 60 Minutes' Benghazi Story 'Ongoing'
By: Sydney Smith
November 19, 2013 09:00 AM EST
CBS News' 60 Minutes is reviewing Lara Logan's October program that featured Dylan Davies discussing his role and presence in Benghazi during the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate.  McClatchy DC quoted a 60...
MSNBC's Martin Bashir: 'Unreserved Apology' for Unfair Sarah Palin Commentary
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MSNBC's Martin Bashir: 'Unreserved Apology' for Unfair Sarah Palin Commentary
By: Sydney Smith
November 19, 2013 05:00 AM EST
MSNBC's Martin Bashir apologized for making "wholly unacceptable" comments about Sarah Palin and suggesting someone "sh*t" in her mouth, Mediaite reported. On Nov. 15, Bashir called Palin a...
Wash Post 'Erred in Editing' Bill de Blasio Family 'Gag Reflex' Comment
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Wash Post 'Erred in Editing' Bill de Blasio Family 'Gag Reflex' Comment
By: Sydney Smith
November 18, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Washington Post's Richard Cohen has come under fire the past week for his column that said "conventional" people would be grossed out by New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's interracial...
Bloomberg News Not "Wusses"? Denies Self-Censorship in China, Rebuts NYT Report
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Bloomberg News Not "Wusses"? Denies Self-Censorship in China, Rebuts NYT Report
By: Sydney Smith
November 17, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The New York Times reported last week based on anonymous sources that Bloomberg News is killing stories about China that might limit the organization's access to the country. However, Bloomberg News -- as well as its...
'Hunting Ground for Sexual Predators?' York Univ. Sues Toronto Life for Libel
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'Hunting Ground for Sexual Predators?' York Univ. Sues Toronto Life for Libel
By: Sydney Smith
November 16, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Canada's York University is suing Toronto Life magazine over an October article about the university, the Toronto Star reported. The article, titled "York Fortress," said that York University was "a...
Piers Morgan Tweets Sarah Palin Satire Story, Denies he was Hoaxed
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Piers Morgan Tweets Sarah Palin Satire Story, Denies he was Hoaxed
By: Sydney Smith
November 16, 2013 04:00 AM EST
It's another Sarah Palin, Breitbart News, Piers Morgan dust-up. CNN's Morgan tweeted a link to an article that mocked Sarah Palin without saying it was satire. He was quicklyaccused of being tricked by the satire...
Alec Baldwin Says MSNBC Show May End After Anti-Gay Slur
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Alec Baldwin Says MSNBC Show May End After Anti-Gay Slur
By: Sydney Smith
November 15, 2013 08:12 PM EST
MSNBC suspended Alec Baldwin after his comments yesterday to a New York Post photographer apparently taking pictures of Baldwin, his wife and their child. Saturday morning Baldwin posted a column on Huffington Post that...
Apology for Calling Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 'Silly'? 'A Little Fun' Patriot-News tells iMediaEthics
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Apology for Calling Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 'Silly'? 'A Little Fun' Patriot-News tells iMediaEthics
By: Sydney Smith
November 15, 2013 04:00 PM EST
The (Pennsylvania) Patriot-News' editorial board apologized this week for calling President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address "silly" at the time. Matt Zencey, The Patriot-News deputy opinion editor...
NBC News Licenses Skydiver Video, Paid $100K, Wash Post Reports
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NBC News Licenses Skydiver Video, Paid $100K, Wash Post Reports
By: Sydney Smith
November 15, 2013 05:00 AM EST
NBC News "licensed" a video for news reports -- meaning it coughed up cash for rights to a video, and apparently along with it, the promise of exclusive interviews. The video shows sky divers who had to jump...
Charlie Sheen Did NOT Say Rob Ford Should Resign, Calls out Satire Story
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Charlie Sheen Did NOT Say Rob Ford Should Resign, Calls out Satire Story
By: Sydney Smith
November 14, 2013 04:56 PM EST
Actor Charlie Sheen took matters in his own hands to debunk a fake story about him and Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Satire site The Daily Currant published a story Nov. 13 saying Sheen wanted Ford to resign. As iMediaEthics...
World's Strongest Man Didn't Break up Gay Rights Rally,  Russian, Italian News Hoaxed
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World's Strongest Man Didn't Break up Gay Rights Rally, Russian, Italian News Hoaxed
By: Sydney Smith
November 14, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Three Russian news outlets and one Italian newspaper's website were hoaxed by a satire story that said the "World's Strongest Man" had "inadvertently broken up a gay rights rally in...
Why Toronto Star Paid for Drunk Rob Ford Video & The Globe and Mail Blocked Comments on Ford Stories
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Why Toronto Star Paid for Drunk Rob Ford Video & The Globe and Mail Blocked Comments on Ford Stories
By: Sydney Smith
November 13, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Toronto Star paid $5,000 for a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford drunkenly screaming that he was going to kill someone, as iMediaEthics has previously written. iMediaEthics asked Toronto Star reporter Kevin...
Ontario Press Council Ruling Clears Globe & Mail, Toronto Star Mayor Rob Ford Stories
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Ontario Press Council Ruling Clears Globe & Mail, Toronto Star Mayor Rob Ford Stories
By: Sydney Smith
November 12, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Over the past two weeks, Toronto mayor Rob Ford's use of drugs and alcohol has been back in the news as the Toronto Police said in an Oct. 31 press conference that it had obtained a...
Tracing the Ugly Baby Lawsuit Hoax: Where is the Sourcing?
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Tracing the Ugly Baby Lawsuit Hoax: Where is the Sourcing?
By: Sydney Smith
November 11, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The New York Post reported recently that a Chinese man named Feng Jian's lawsuit against his wife for giving birth to an ugly child. The story claimed that Feng said he was tricked by his wife because she had had a ton...
60 Minutes Corrects Benghazi Story on Air, Calls it 'A Mistake' but Fails to Give More Info
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60 Minutes Corrects Benghazi Story on Air, Calls it 'A Mistake' but Fails to Give More Info
By: Sydney Smith
November 10, 2013 08:37 PM EST
CBS News's Lara Logan read a "correction" to be aired on tonight's 60 Minutes admitting again that CBS News was "misled" by source Dylan Davies in its report on...
CBS News Chairman Says Benghazi Story a 'Mistake', Dylan Davies' Book Yanked from Publication
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CBS News Chairman Says Benghazi Story a 'Mistake', Dylan Davies' Book Yanked from Publication
By: Sydney Smith
November 10, 2013 05:00 AM EST
CBS News chairman Jeff Fager apologized for 60 Minutes' now-retracted report about Benghazi, Variety reported. As iMediaEthics wrote Friday, CBS News' 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan apologized and admitted...
Globe & Mail Deletes Pic of Rob Ford Children Trick-or-Treating for Privacy
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Globe & Mail Deletes Pic of Rob Ford Children Trick-or-Treating for Privacy
By: Sydney Smith
November 09, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Globe and Mail unpublished a photo of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford trick-or-treating with his children out of interest for their privacy. The Canadian newspaper's public editor Sylvia Stead explained that it posted...
CBS's Lara Logan: 60 Minutes 'Misled' by Benghazi Source, Will Correct & Apologize Sunday
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CBS's Lara Logan: 60 Minutes 'Misled' by Benghazi Source, Will Correct & Apologize Sunday
By: Sydney Smith
November 08, 2013 11:44 AM EST
CBS News's Lara Logan admitted that source Dylan Davies "misled" CBS' 60 Minutes by giving wrong information about the 2012 attack in Benghazi. She said that 60 Minutes will also "apologize to our...
NYPost says 'Bag Men' Headline 'Attention Getter' Not Libel
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NYPost says 'Bag Men' Headline 'Attention Getter' Not Libel
By: Sydney Smith
November 08, 2013 06:00 AM EST
The New York Post responded to the libel lawsuit filed against it by two men labeled "Bag Men" on its front cover. The April 18, 2013 New York Post was titled: "Bag Men: Feds seek this duo pictured at...
The Hollywood Reporter Got German Chancellor's Name Wrong, Called Angela Merkel, Andrea, in SNL Story
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The Hollywood Reporter Got German Chancellor's Name Wrong, Called Angela Merkel, Andrea, in SNL Story
By: Sydney Smith
November 08, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Gawker reported that The Hollywood Reporter got the name of Germany's chancellor wrong by calling her Andrea Merkel, when her name is Angela in a report on the past week's Saturday Night Live. Gawker pointed out...
Toronto Star Paid $5K for Video of Drunk Rob Ford Talking about Killing Someone
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Toronto Star Paid $5K for Video of Drunk Rob Ford Talking about Killing Someone
By: Sydney Smith
November 07, 2013 02:50 PM EST
The Toronto Star paid a source an undisclosed amount of money for a video of a Toronto mayor Rob Ford, drunkenly screaming about how he was going to kill someone. Ford didn't say who he was talking about. ...
Washington Times Fires Senator Rand Paul For Plagiarism
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Washington Times Fires Senator Rand Paul For Plagiarism
By: Sydney Smith
November 07, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Washington Times won't let Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)  write anymore after it found plagiarism in one of his weekly columns. According to a report on the Washington Times' website,after accusations...
Where is Garden State Plaza Mall? Conflicting Reports from News Outlets
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Where is Garden State Plaza Mall? Conflicting Reports from News Outlets
By: Sydney Smith
November 06, 2013 09:20 PM EST
Where, oh where, is the Garden State Plaza Mall? The mall was on lockdown Nov. 4 after reports of a gunman shooting in the air in the mall.  Police later found a man named Richard Shoop dead from a self-inflicted...
90s TV 'Full House' Sequel Fake, Yahoo News Fact Check Fail
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90s TV 'Full House' Sequel Fake, Yahoo News Fact Check Fail
By: Sydney Smith
November 06, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Yahoo News and others were hoaxed by a fake report that the cast of 90s TV show "Full House" would re-unite for a sequel series. According to NBC's Today show, the outlets were tricked by a...
'Is it even worth covering media mistakes?' Politico asks?
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'Is it even worth covering media mistakes?' Politico asks?
By: Sydney Smith
November 05, 2013 05:00 AM EST
In response to breaking news errors in reporting on last week's shooting at Los Angeles airport, Politico's Dylan Byers asked on Twitter if it's "even worth covering media mistakes on a shooting like LAX...
4 Errors in Slate's Report on BuzzFeed Foreign News
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4 Errors in Slate's Report on BuzzFeed Foreign News
By: Sydney Smith
November 04, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Slate added a long correction on an article about BuzzFeed "going multilingual."  The Slate article, by Evgeny Morozov, is titled: "The Virality of Evil: How BuzzFeed's translation project will...
4 More Los Angeles Airport Shooting Corrections
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4 More Los Angeles Airport Shooting Corrections
By: Sydney Smith
November 03, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Several news outlets made errors -- and quickly posted corrections in reporting on the shooting at Los Angeles airport Nov. 1. As iMediaEthics previously wrote, the Globe and Mail admitted to an "unfortunate...
Spring Back & Fall Forward? Daylight Savings Time Goof at the LA Times
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Spring Back & Fall Forward? Daylight Savings Time Goof at the LA Times
By: Sydney Smith
November 02, 2013 04:00 PM EST
Check your clocks! Tomorrow's ending of Daylight Saving Time means you get an extra hour of sleep by setting your clock back an hour. But, the Los Angeles Times wrongly reported that clocks move forward tomorrow...
NYT Error, Tweets Not From Al-Shabab
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NYT Error, Tweets Not From Al-Shabab
By: Sydney Smith
November 02, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The New York Times wrongly quoted from a Twitter account it thought was associated with al-Shabab on its report on a U.S. missile strike in Somalia. The Times' Oct. 28 article, "Pentagon Says Shabab Bomb...
Ex-NSA Michael Hayden NOT Dead at LAX, Globe & Mail Calls it 'Unfortunate Mistake'
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Ex-NSA Michael Hayden NOT Dead at LAX, Globe & Mail Calls it 'Unfortunate Mistake'
By: Sydney Smith
November 01, 2013 04:00 PM EST
The Globe and Mail wrongly reported that former NSA chief Michael Hayden was killed at the Los Angeles Airport shooting this morning. The error was "an unfortunate mistake," Globe and Mail executive editor Jill...
3 Fmr News of the World Staff Plead Guilty to Phone Hacking
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3 Fmr News of the World Staff Plead Guilty to Phone Hacking
By: Sydney Smith
November 01, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Three former News of the World journalists pleaded guilty to phone hacking. The three who "admitted conspiracy to hack phones" are Neville Thurlbeck, James Weatherup and Greg Miskiw, according to Reuters....
Phone Hacking Trial Starts: 8 Defendants Include Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson
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Phone Hacking Trial Starts: 8 Defendants Include Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson
By: Sydney Smith
October 31, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and six others are now on trial for charges related to the UK phone hacking scandal, charges to which they have pleaded not guilty.  Brooks is the former News International CEO who...
Chinese Reporter Admits Faking Stories for Bribes, Arrested for Damaging Company's Reputation
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Chinese Reporter Admits Faking Stories for Bribes, Arrested for Damaging Company's Reputation
By: Sydney Smith
October 30, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Unlike in the United States, allegations of defaming a company can land you in jail in China. Chinese journalist Chen Yongzhou admitted that he made up stories about the"state-run" company, Zoomlion, in...
2 Fake Quotes in Suzanne Somers' Health Care Article, WSJ Corrects
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2 Fake Quotes in Suzanne Somers' Health Care Article, WSJ Corrects
By: Sydney Smith
October 29, 2013 05:00 PM EST
Actress Suzanne Somers wrote an article about health care for the Wall Street Journal.  But, the article, "The Affordable Care Act is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme," included two fake quotes, and the Journal has...
EVENT: Free Journalism Ethics Workshop, Univ of Arkansas, Nov. 8
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EVENT: Free Journalism Ethics Workshop, Univ of Arkansas, Nov. 8
By: Sydney Smith
October 29, 2013 06:00 AM EST
The University of Arkansas is holding a journalism ethics workshop on Nov. 8. The free event will be held at The Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the UA campus, according to an announcement on the...
Richmond Newspaper says Redskins name is 'insulting'
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Richmond Newspaper says Redskins name is 'insulting'
By: Sydney Smith
October 29, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Another news outlet has decided to stop printing the name of National Football League team the Washington Redskins. As iMediaEthics has written, numerous outlets have said they wouldn't use the name...
After NRA Tweet, Prof David Guth Won't Be Back to Univ. of Kansas Classroom in 2013
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After NRA Tweet, Prof David Guth Won't Be Back to Univ. of Kansas Classroom in 2013
By: Sydney Smith
October 28, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The University of Kansas announced last week that associate professor David Guth won't "return to classroom duties this year" but his administrative leave is over after a controversial...
Another Libel Settlement for Lord McAlpine over Tweet Linking him to Child Sex Abuse Report
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Another Libel Settlement for Lord McAlpine over Tweet Linking him to Child Sex Abuse Report
By: Sydney Smith
October 27, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Student Editor Plagiarized 'In as Many as 16' Articles, Colorado newspaper unpublishes
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Student Editor Plagiarized 'In as Many as 16' Articles, Colorado newspaper unpublishes
By: Sydney Smith
October 26, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Colorado Mesa University's "student run newspaper" The Criterion fired a student editor for widespread plagiarism, according to an Oct. 22 announcement on its website.   Criterion staff member...
UK Telegraph Admits Quoting from Fake Twitter Account for Libyan PM After iMediaEthics Inquiry
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UK Telegraph Admits Quoting from Fake Twitter Account for Libyan PM After iMediaEthics Inquiry
By: Sydney Smith
October 25, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The UK Telegraph has admitted to publishing a tweet from a fake Twitter account for Libyan Prime MInister Ali Zidan, after iMediaEthics' inquiry. Zidan doesn't have his own Twitter account, but someone is...
Third AP Staffer Fired over Terry McAuliffe Error
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Third AP Staffer Fired over Terry McAuliffe Error
By: Sydney Smith
October 24, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Associated Press fired a third employee over its bogus story claiming Terry McAuliffe lied to federal investigators. As iMediaEthics has written, the AP's report earlier this month was about McAuliffe, the...
Racist Tweet? Atlanta Journal-Constitution to Print Apology
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Racist Tweet? Atlanta Journal-Constitution to Print Apology
By: Sydney Smith
October 23, 2013 08:50 PM EST
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution apologized after a racist tweet was posted on its Twitter...
Scientific American Trouble: How it Handled the 'Urban Whore' blogpost
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Scientific American Trouble: How it Handled the 'Urban Whore' blogpost
By: Sydney Smith
October 23, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Scientific American has commented again about this month's controversy when it unpublished -- and then re-published -- a blog post by Dr. Danielle N. Lee about being called an "urban whore." Lee, who...
Police Provided Wrong Photo for Accused Rapist, Oxford Mail Apologizes
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Police Provided Wrong Photo for Accused Rapist, Oxford Mail Apologizes
By: Sydney Smith
October 22, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Oxford Mail published a photo of the wrong person with a story about a man who "admitted the firearms charges and other charges of rape." The Oxford Mail had published a photo of a 32-year-old man named Daniel...
AP Fires Journalists Bob Lewis, Dena Potter after Error, Claimed McAuliffe Lied to Feds
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AP Fires Journalists Bob Lewis, Dena Potter after Error, Claimed McAuliffe Lied to Feds
By: Sydney Smith
October 21, 2013 09:10 PM EST
The Associated Press fired its journalist Bob Lewis over his bogus story about Terry McAuliffe, according to the Huffington Post As iMediaEthics wrote earlier this month, Lewis wrongly reported that McAuliffe, the...
Who is Howie Felterbush? How did he hoax 14 Gannett news outlets after the Zimmerman verdict?
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Who is Howie Felterbush? How did he hoax 14 Gannett news outlets after the Zimmerman verdict?
By: Rhonda Roland Shearer, Sydney Smith
October 21, 2013 09:30 AM EST
Who is the prankster that fooled more than a dozen Gannett-owned media properties this summer following the George Zimmerman verdict? USA Today, Florida's First Coast News, Florida Today, WXIA and The Statesman Journal...
2 Ways Daily Mail Fails to Hide Being Hoaxed By Fake Tweet
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2 Ways Daily Mail Fails to Hide Being Hoaxed By Fake Tweet
By: Sydney Smith
October 21, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Daily Mail has scrubbed an article to cover up being hoaxed by a fake Twitter account for Libyan prime minister Ali Zidan. As iMediaEthics wrote this past week, Zidan doesn't have a Twitter account. But, there...
Toronto Star Columnist: Bicyclists 'Should be Shot,' Public Editor Says it's Obviously a Joke
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Toronto Star Columnist: Bicyclists 'Should be Shot,' Public Editor Says it's Obviously a Joke
By: Sydney Smith
October 20, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Lots of readers complained to the Toronto Star public editor Kathy English after columnist Rosie DiManno wrote in an Oct. 9 column that bicyclists "have risen to No. 1 on my list of People Who Should Be...
Congressman Bill Young NOT Dead, Fox News Corrects On Air
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Congressman Bill Young NOT Dead, Fox News Corrects On Air
By: Sydney Smith
October 19, 2013 05:00 AM EST
Fox News' Gretchen Carlson wrongly reported on air that Rep. Bill Young died Oct. 17. Carlson said on air, in part: "Congressman Bill Young has passed away. The Florida Republican was 82. He served a remarkable 22...
Mail on Sunday Ran 2010 Miami Bank Robbery Photo with Kenyan Mall Attack Story
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Mail on Sunday Ran 2010 Miami Bank Robbery Photo with Kenyan Mall Attack Story
By: Sydney Smith
October 18, 2013 05:00 AM EST
The Mail on Sunday used a photo from a 2010 bank robbery in Miami, Florida in its coverage of the Nairobi, Kenya terrorist attack. The Mail admitted making the error in an Oct. 12 correction published on the Mail's...
Houston Chronicle Didn't Un-Endorse Ted Cruz, Updates Added to USA Today, WaPo, Forbes Stories
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Houston Chronicle Didn't Un-Endorse Ted Cruz, Updates Added to USA Today, WaPo, Forbes Stories
By: Sydney Smith
October 17, 2013 11:30 AM EST
The Houston Chronicle called out media outlets that "inaccurately characterized our Wednesday editorial" on Sen. Ted Cruz.   The Chronicle had published an editorial titled "Why we miss Kay Bailey...