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ESPN Says Lynn Hoppes's Wikipedia Problem "Was A Case Of Journalistic Laziness, And We've Addressed It"

We told you on Wednesday about ESPN's senior pizza correspondent, Lynn Hoppes, and his persistent habit of pulling material from Wikipedia.


Hoppes posted extensively on Wednesday—the pre-ESPYs blitz—and added an ESPYs recap early Thursday, but he hasn't posted since. On an average day, Hoppes posts several short celebrity-oriented items (with material occasionally borrowed from Wikipedia). So we wondered: had he been punished?

We reached out to ESPN, and spokesman Josh Krulewitz had this to say:

This obviously fell short of our editorial standards. Even though he used multiple legitimate news sources to gather background information, we should always recite even the most basic facts in an original voice, and source as warranted. That wasn't the case here. It was an example of journalistic laziness, and we've addressed it.

Krulewitz declined to elaborate on how ESPN addressed it. In the meantime, we wish a happy 86th birthday to actor Harry Dean Stanton, whose career has spanned over fifty years.

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