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NextImg:Shocker: AP Admits Headline About Claudine Gay's Plagiarism Did Not Meet Standards

We've talked about the AP's abysmal headline on conservatives 'weaponizing' plagiarism, and their subsequent editing of the headline (they also got a Community Note, so they were really batting a thousand there).

Now -- in news that's both surprising and not -- the AP admits that headline didn't meet their 'standards.'

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Surprising they admitted it (and that they have standards), and not surprising, because it was that bad.

Fox News reports:

The Associated Press updated a headline on Wednesday that deemed plagiarism a "new conservative weapon," following widespread backlash to the post on X, admitting the story did not meet the outlet's standards.

"The story doesn’t meet our standards," Lauren Easton, the VP of AP Corporate Communications, told Fox News Digital. She said they were in the process of updating the headline.

The AP's original headline read, "Harvard president’s resignation highlights new conservative weapon against colleges: plagiarism," which was widely mocked on social media, after Harvard President Claudine Gay announced she would be resigning from the position on Tuesday. 

No kidding, it didn't meet 'standards.' 

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Exactly. What standards besides 'lie about conservatives'?

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And that's why they did what they did, and the only reason they did what they did: they got caught.

'Republicans pounce' and all that.

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(D)epends on who is doing it.

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So has most of the media, alas.

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Because they wanted to run the inflammatory headline.

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No, it's worse than that: a few editors read it, approved it, and let it get published.

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Because they have biases.

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They're off to a great start, aren't they?

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Friendly reminder that trust in media is at an all-time low.

AP doesn't help at all.

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So did a lot of other people.

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Our faces, too.

The AP -- like the rest of the media -- wanted to blame the witnesses to Gay's plagiarism for daring to notice, rather than holding Gay accountable. For them, the story is never the actual story, but the right's reaction to it. Out of that was the 'weaponizing plagiarism' headline born.

And then they changed it when called out for their absurdity.


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