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The Hill suspends reporter, reverses itself on Jon Kyl statement

The Hill newspaper is no longer standing behind its story that Sen. Jon Kyl had said that Ron Paul had taken over Arizona’s state Republican Party. There was a mixup of quotations on the tape recording that reporter Cameron Joseph had made at the event in question:

We have concluded that in a story headlined “GOP Leaders Fret About State Party Structures” [August 27] the quotations from Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and former Rep. Vin Weber (R-Minn.) were mistakenly swapped. The record has been corrected and The Hill apologizes to the Senator and Mr. Weber. The reporter responsible has been suspended pending further review.

And this blog apologizes to the same parties. Our last post on this was too credulous of The Hill’s reporting.

The Hill reported that Kyl had fretted that Ron Paul “has totally taken our [state] party over.” When asked about that quote on Fox News, Kyl denied having uttered it, setting up a confrontation with The Hill, which stood by its story. No longer.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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