NY Times Admits Fault in Inaccurate Salmon Story
One, two, three strikes youâ€™re out? Thatâ€™s not quite how it goes with The New York Times. Itâ€™s more like the third timeâ€™s a charm.
â€śEditorsâ€™ Note: An article on March 27 reported on a virus, infectious salmon anemia, or I.S.A., killing millions of salmon cultivated for export by
Despite the â€śEditorâ€™s Noteâ€ť from the Times, a spokesman for a salmon industry group expressed his disbelief that a Times report would have been gullible enough to have been convinced a security guard was the portâ€™s director.
â€śWe still think their claim that the security guard lied to them is dubious â€“ and harder still to believe that any decent reporter would have been fooled that way,â€ť Jim McCarthy said in an e-mail to the Business & Media Institute on May 13, speaking on behalf of the Salmon of the Americas Inc., a group that represents the salmon industry. â€ś[N]ever mind the fact that the security guard had absolutely no reason to deceive the reporter.â€ť
The reporter, Alexei Barrionuevo, had already been found to have plagiarized on two separate occasions by Slate.comâ€™s Jack Shafer, first in a February 27 article posted on Slate.com by Jack Shafer and again on March 5.