Reporters trash Fox News for publishing anonymous hit piece claiming Roy Moore accuser is a Clinton supporter
On Friday evening, Fox News published an article claiming one of the women that said she dated a 30-something Roy Moore when she was a teenager is a Democrat in what appears to be an attempt to prove the woman’s claim was politically motivated.
Soon, Twitter noticed there was something off about the article — it doesn’t have an author. While most articles on Fox’s site (and everyone else’s) typically have the name of the writer under the headline, this one, curiously, did not.
# p #3_16 # ad skipped = true #
— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) November 10, 2017# p #4_16 # ad skipped = true #
Many journalists, whose livelihoods are based on their bylines, took to Twitter to point out the discrepancy.
Mother Jones’ editor-in-chief Clara Jeffrey noted that this appears to be a trend at Fox News:
Somebody should start a running lists of Fox News article nobody will put their byline on. https://t.co/IBmfo9n1Jh# p #7_16 # ad skipped = true #
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) November 10, 2017# p #8_16 # ad skipped = true #
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski of “K-File” fame accused the right-wing network of “muddying the waters”:
Politico’s Matthew Nussbaum noticed that despite the network’s reputation, nobody wanted to claim it:
Atlanta NPR affiliate host Stephen Fowler noticed the same thing:
Byline: Fox News. No person’s name attached to this… https://t.co/c54qSb89js# p #12_16 # ad skipped = true #
— stephen fowler | georgia politics reporter (@stphnfwlr) November 11, 2017# p #13_16 # ad skipped = true #
And USA Today editor John Kelly noticed that this isn’t Fox’s first time at the anonymously-sourced rodeo:
This is the second time recently that Fox News has run a slimy piece like this about someone – without including a byline. What is the source of these pieces? https://t.co/YwX7d5HRef# p #15_16 # ad skipped = true #
— John Kelly (@jkelly3rd) November 11, 2017# p #16_16 # ad skipped = true #