Merchant tells Romenesko readers what happened and why his byline disappeared:
The Mail emailed our PR department about using a photo the subject of my story‘s family had given me, but never contacted me or anyone else about any other matters. The paper then ran a lengthy “aggregation” that basically recycled the entire story from top to bottom, sans details, in their voice. And they put my byline on the story, shared with the Mail Online’s health editor. Perhaps they’d feared it would be construed as plagiarism given the uncanny structural similarities to my story.
This struck us as a very inappropriate way to credit attribution – it gave the impression that I had actually written those sentences, which I hadn’t, though they were based on ones I’d written previously, which makes the whole situation doubly bizarre. They gave me an authorship credit for a plagiarized version of my own story.
We contacted the Mail, and they agreed to take down the byline and credit me in the text.
UPDATE: A Vice spokesman sends this email: “To clarify – the Mail was not plagiarizing, but included Brian’s byline as an effort to attribute Brian’s work properly. The UK Communications department had agreed to let the Mail aggregate the piece and a miscommunication resulted in the misattribution.”
NPR’s Elise Hu reacts to a call from an angry listener
He was sent to prison – not jail – dammit! Listener’s call: “Normally I have great respect for NPR and NPR reporters, but I listened to your report today about the sinking of the ferry in South Korea and you made a serious mistake when you said the captain was later sentenced to more than 30 years in jail. WRONG ANSWER! He was not sentenced to 30 years in jail; he wasn’t sentenced to any time in jail. That’s jail – get it? It’s prison. He may have been sentenced to 30 years in prison, I don’t know. But I know he wasn’t sentenced any time in jail.
“What is wrong with you? Are you an illiterate idiot? Where did you get your education? On a Crackerjack box? …You give NPR reporters a bad name when you do stupid things like that.”
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