ABCNews.com Yanks Story After Realizing It Was “Substantially Similar” To Globe Piece

By Brian 

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ABCNews.com has published the following correction:

“Over the weekend, ABC News was alerted to the fact that a story on its Web site regarding the Patriot Act and the presidential use of signing statements bore numerous similarities to an exclusive story that appeared in Friday’s Boston Globe, as well as on its Web site. Upon further investigation, it is clear that the story posted by ABCNEWS.com was substantially similar to the Boston Globe’s enterprise reporting on the subject. As soon as ABC News became aware of this situation, it immediately took down the offending post. ABC News has taken appropriate disciplinary action and apologizes to the Boston Globe and to our readers for this unacceptable breach of our standards.”

Was this piece written by an intern, or an actual ABC News employee? What was the disciplinary action?

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