AP Makes Change To Report


The Associated Press found itself facing backlash over a controversial headline that deemed plagiarism a “new conservative weapon.” The headline, which appeared on an article discussing the resignation of Harvard President Claudine Gay, sparked widespread criticism for its portrayal of conservative attitudes toward plagiarism.

The AP’s original headline read, “Harvard president’s resignation highlights new conservative weapon against colleges: plagiarism.” This headline was widely ridiculed on social media, with many pointing out that plagiarism has always been viewed as a serious offense in academia, regardless of political ideology.

After receiving widespread criticism, the AP announced that they would be updating the headline and the article to better reflect their standards. In the updated version, the headline reads, “Plagiarism charges downed Harvard’s president. A conservative attack helped to fan the outrage.”

The updated article also includes a paragraph placing the original allegations on “conservative activists,” and citing a report from the Washington Free Beacon on the matter. This comes after some had criticized the article for only mentioning conservative involvement in the scandal and omitting Gay’s own admission of plagiarism in her resignation letter.

The controversy surrounding Gay’s resignation stems from several allegations of plagiarism and her response to a question about calls for the genocide of Jews. Some have accused the AP of downplaying the severity of Gay’s actions by framing the situation as solely a conservative attack.

One paragraph in the original article sparked particular outrage, referring to conservative commentator Christopher Rufo’s tweet about Gay’s resignation as “invoking a gruesome practice taken up by white colonists who sought to eradicate Native Americans.” The updated version of the article makes a more neutral statement, simply stating that Rufo “wrote ‘SCALPED’ on social media.”

Conservative commentators, such as CNN’s Scott Jennings and Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle, criticized the AP for framing plagiarism as a new conservative weapon and buried the lead that the GOP had “stolen this weapon” from colleges who had been punishing plagiarism for years.

The controversy also raised questions about how the AP and other media outlets portray individuals based on their race and political beliefs. Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., questioned what the AP would have published if Gay had been a different race, gender, religion, or political affiliation.

Overall, the AP’s handling of the article on Gay’s resignation highlights the current divide in media coverage and the need for responsible reporting on controversial topics. It also serves as a reminder that plagiarism is not a partisan issue and should be taken seriously regardless of the political beliefs of those involved.

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