NBC News admits plagiarism in multiple stories by digital reporter

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An NBC News reporter plagiarized parts of 11 different stories during her tenure, the outlet said Monday, and she is no longer with the outlet.

A spokesperson told Fox News Digital he detected an early instance of unattributed phrases during a routine edit of an article by Teaganne Finn, who joined NBC last year after a stint at Bloomberg. News. Following this discovery, he launched a “thorough review” of other Finn papers and found other instances of plagiarism.

The outlet claimed this was the first known instance of such an incident on NBC News, and it said all instances of non-attribution were for “additional or background material.” He added that she no longer works for NBC.

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In a statement on its website, NBC News wrote, “A study by NBC News found 11 articles written by a reporter over the past year that did not meet our standards for original material. The articles contained passages from other news outlets that were used. without attribution. In all cases, the passages were not central to the stories, but rather contained additional or background material that did not represent the original reporting. An editor’s note has been placed on each article, and passages that have been plagiarized have been removed.”

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“Maintaining the trust of our readers and viewers is essential to NBC News, and our work must always meet the highest standards of our profession.”

NBC did not say whether Finn was fired or voluntarily left. He did not respond to a request for comment on the nature of his departure from the outlet. Finn did not respond to a request for comment.

Finn’s LinkedIn page still listed her as an employee of NBC News on Monday afternoon, indicating that her official departure was recent. Finn’s most recent story appears to be an April 6 article about the evolution of CDC isolation guidelines for the coronavirus.

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Articles with editor’s notes affixed to them include articles from as early as February, such as “Democrat group launches super PAC to counter election deniers” and “Democrat lawmakers not giving up credit tax bill, betting on Manchin’s support.” Others include “DeSantis pushes bill targeting critical race theory in schools” and “Trump renews praise for Covid vaccines,” the one of the greatest achievements of mankind”.

NBC’s initial plagiarism post did not note Finn’s name or stories containing unattributed material, drawing criticism online for a lack of transparency. He later updated his online statement to include the articles in question.

“NBC News releases an editor’s note on a wave of plagiarism,” Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple tweeted. “While the note speaks to the importance of trust, the note lacks the kind of details that would help build it.”

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“NBC News not being transparent about which stories were plagiarized, who the reporter (Teaganne Finn) was and what their punishment was should explode the idea that liberal media are upfront about their mistakes,” the editor tweeted. in chief of NewsBusters, Curtis Houck. .

Amanda J. Marsh