NY Times Admits Fault in Inaccurate Salmon Story
One, two, three strikes you’re out? That’s not quite how it goes with The New York Times. It’s more like the third time’s a charm.
“Editors’ 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 “Editor’s Note” 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 port’s director.
“We still think their claim that the security guard lied to them is dubious – and harder still to believe that any decent reporter would have been fooled that way,” 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. “[N]ever mind the fact that the security guard had absolutely no reason to deceive the reporter.”
The reporter, Alexei Barrionuevo, had already been found to have plagiarized on two separate occasions by Slate.com’s Jack Shafer, first in a February 27 article posted on Slate.com by Jack Shafer and again on March 5.