WASHINGTON—Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in Media (AIM), said today that the resignation of a 16-year veteran reporter from USA Today over plagiarism raises serious questions about the paper’s journalistic standards. Over the last two weeks, Kincaid said, AIM has raised questions about the paper’s coverage of the John Bolton nomination controversy and other matters that remain unanswered.
In one case, USA Today publicized the views of an anti-Bolton accuser without revealing that she engages in self-hypnosis and teaches people how to “recover memories” that can turn out to be false.
Kincaid represented AIM at the recent annual meeting of Gannett, parent company of USA Today, to ask why editor Ken Paulson had not disciplined any USA Today editors or writers for doing a story promoting the same phony documents that brought down CBS News in the Memogate scandal. The AIM Report on that meeting is posted at http://www.aim.org
In another case of media malpractice at USA Today, Kincaid has asked the paper to explain why it made changes in an Elaine Donnelly column for the paper, including one change made without her knowledge or permission. The column was opposed to USA Today’s editorial stance in favor of homosexuals in the military.
“USA Today finds itself in another major crisis of confidence,” said Kincaid. “The paper must come clean. A major investigation is warranted.”
Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.