This afternoon, we got an email from NYPost.com News Editor Cassie Carothers pointing us to an alleged case of back timestamping by their rival NYDailyNews.com.
“Today at 1:15 p.m., our reporter was told by Sen. Pedro Espada — exclusively — that he was flipping back to the Dems, and he would be telling them at a 2 p.m. session,” Carothers told us. “We posted our story at 1:39 p.m. — about 20 minutes before the Daily News. Yet, their blog item, which actually went up at 2 p.m., is timestamped 1:21 p.m., and their story, which went up about 30 minutes after the blog, is timestamped 1:07 p.m.!” (The story now is timestamped with 3 p.m. but Carothers helpfully sent a screenshot with the 1:07 timestamp.)
We don’t know exactly when these stories were posted, but we put in a call to the Daily News seeking comment, and our call has not been returned yet.
Of course, this alleged mis-stamping follows not long after Gawker called out NYDailyNews.com last month for claiming that it had published its story about Farrah Fawcett’s death before she actually died. In that case, the evidence makes it easy to point to mis-stamping, but how many other times has this kind of thing happened?
As Carothers said: “The Post is officially calling shenanigans!”