In a Thursday Google News search index detailing reports on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ effort to audit the Federal Reserve, one result stood out a bit more than the rest.
In the long lineup of breaking news reports, an entry with a phony, vulgar author credit — “Jack Meoff” — pointed directly at a story by Jake Tapper, a senior White House correspondent at ABC News.
It does not appear to be a technical error, in that domain searches for “Jack Meoff” on ABCNews.com yielded no exact results — the implication being that a human likely created the author entry.
The author entry for “Jack Meoff” appears to be relatively new, with no other articles credited to it.
Tapper’s own Google News author log bears no mention of the name.
A request for comment was submitted to Google’s media relations department, which had not answered when this story was first published. Likewise, ABC News had yet to respond to an e-mail. A message to Tapper’s Twitter account also went unanswered.
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Updated from a prior version for grammar and clarity.