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FAU Stadium's New Prison Sponsor Is Frantically Trying To Wipe Abuse Allegations From Wikipedia

On Tuesday we told you that Florida Atlantic had reached a 12-year, $6 million naming rights deal for its new stadium. The lucky winning bidder was Geo Group, one of the country's largest operators of for-profit prisons, and the target of numerous lawsuits and allegations claiming prisoner abuse. » 2/21/13 10:35am 2/21/13 10:35am

"... Did Not Meet ESPN Standards For Original Language": ESPN Finally Updates Plagiarized Posts

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

Does Carson Cistulli's Admittance To The BBWAA Finally Justify His Preposterously Detailed Wikipedia Page?

Earlier today, Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs, along with a few internet-based others, joined the ranks of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the organization which ensures media access to baseball games, and votes for major awards and Hall of Fame membership. » 12/04/12 5:15pm 12/04/12 5:15pm

Media Experts Dan Okrent, Jack Shafer, and David Carr Discuss ESPN's Plagiarism Problem: "If I Were Them, I Would Be Embarrassed"

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

You Can See The Outline Of Some Dude's Dick On The Under Armour Wikipedia Page [UPDATE]

We could elaborate on the headline, but tipster Pat explained it well in his email. In his quest to find some legitimate information on Wikipedia, he ended up being sidetracked after discovering a picture of a guy in compression shorts, the outline of his dick clearly visible. » 11/19/12 6:30pm 11/19/12 6:30pm

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… » 7/19/12 11:45am 7/19/12 11:45am

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

Wikipedia Already Has An Entry For The 2020 Olympics

There are two kinds of people I like to think I'm superior to even though I'm clearly not: Wikipedia writers and male gymnasts. With the former group it's because they're doing for free what I do for money, and with the latter it's because they wear tights. But then I read Wikipedia and see how good it is and realize… » 12/26/06 10:33am 12/26/06 10:33am