"... Did Not Meet ESPN Standards For Original Language": ESPN Finally…

It has been 148 days since we first informed you of Lynn Hoppes's copy-and-pasting habits. And dear reader, it's over. All it took for ESPN to acknowledge the widespread plagiarism in its archives was for the company's news honcho, John Walsh, to float a rumor in front of a class of journalism students that I was… » 12/06/12 10:45am 12/06/12 10:45am

Why Is An ESPN Vice President Spreading Rumors That I'm Straight?…

"I don't know your personal life," ESPN vice president and executive editor John Walsh told me, on the phone. "I wouldn't comment on anyone's personal life." » 12/05/12 7:30pm 12/05/12 7:30pm

Media Experts Dan Okrent, Jack Shafer, and David Carr Discuss ESPN's…

It's now been 138 days since we turned up ESPN entertainment writer Lynn Hoppes's extensive habit of copying and pasting from Wikipedia. If you click today on any of those stories—10 that we found, covering 12 examples of plagiarism—you'll find them just as they were several months ago. The plagiarism is still there,… » 11/26/12 2:31pm 11/26/12 2:31pm

Four Months Later, ESPN Still Hasn't Cleaned Up Lynn Hoppes's Wikipedia…

This isn't the proudest period for ESPN's news division. We've spent a lot of time talking about First Take and Tim Tebow, but there's another little something that ESPN still hasn't dealt with: What's up with all those Lynn Hoppes stories? » 11/16/12 3:24pm 11/16/12 3:24pm

ESPN Hack Lynn Hoppes Copies Press Releases, Too

It's not hard to spot the biggest hacks in any newsroom. The biggest hacks are the reporters who rewrite press releases. Emphasis on the word "rewrite," since the laziest, most unimaginative journalist can typically muster the energy and self-respect to tweak a predicate or two. Even hacks don't want to look like they're … » 7/19/12 11:45am 7/19/12 11:45am

Bleacher Report Has Stiffer Penalties For Plagiarism Than ESPN Does

We uncovered more than a dozen of examples of ESPN senior writer Lynn Hoppes copy-and-pasting from Wikipedia and he was not fired. Instead ESPN gave him a slap on the wrist, and he hasn't written anything since—maybe he was suspended, or told to keep a low profile for a little while. » 7/17/12 2:50pm 7/17/12 2:50pm

ESPN Entertainment Writer Has A Bad Wikipedia Habit

We've introduced you to ESPN's Lynn Hoppes a time or two. He's now an entertainment writer (and Cupcake Wars correspondent) for ESPN.com, but he used to edit the website's Page 2—where he wrote about pizza, covered the Jonas Brothers, and hired Sarah Phillips—before it rebranded itself as Playbook. To his ever-growing… » 7/11/12 11:47am 7/11/12 11:47am

Former NBA Coach Plagiarizes Spurs Message Board For ESPN.com Column

John Carroll was the head coach at Duquesne for six years, and an assistant coach in the NBA for nine—including a 36-game stint as interim head coach for the Celtics in 2004. He's now sharing his expertise for Scouts Inc., which was purchased by ESPN in 2006. Since then Carroll's scouting reports have appeared… » 5/15/12 7:35pm 5/15/12 7:35pm

Lazy Hack Philly Newspaper Writer Being Investigated For Doing…

Well, now, this is a delightful twist on that old saw that bloggers do nothing but rewrite all the hard work that gets done by newspaper reporters out there in the field. Click the above image, which was sent to us by Ballin' Is A Habit, to enlarge it. What you'll see is a side-by-side comparison that shows Kevin… » 10/21/11 2:05pm 10/21/11 2:05pm