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.
— Eric Bradner (@ericbradner) November 10, 2017
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
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) November 10, 2017
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski of “K-File” fame accused the right-wing network of “muddying the waters”:
Fox News chooses to muddy waters – with no byline – on sexual misconduct with teen charges. https://t.co/rw2vlHjJft
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) November 11, 2017
Politico’s Matthew Nussbaum noticed that despite the network’s reputation, nobody wanted to claim it:
No byline. It looks like even at Fox News, someone didn't want to attach their name to this. https://t.co/tjEGcU35xy
— Matthew Nussbaum (@MatthewNussbaum) November 11, 2017
Atlanta NPR affiliate host Stephen Fowler noticed the same thing:
Byline: Fox News. No person’s name attached to this… https://t.co/c54qSb89js
— 𝗌𝗍𝖾𝗉𝗁𝖾𝗇 𝖿𝗈𝗐𝗅𝖾𝗋 (@stphnfwlr) November 11, 2017
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
— John Kelly (@jkelly3rd) November 11, 2017