patricia hernandez

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Patricia Hernandez

Kotaku, Senior writer

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Cronyism

Apparent

Cronyism

About

Wrote two times about Sunset, without disclosing her friendship with fellow journalist and occasional Kotaku contributor Leigh Alexander, who was involved in the game through her consulting company Agency for Games.

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Date

2015 Feb 22

Filed

2015 Jul 19

Covered Dylan Holmes on two different occasions for Kotaku without disclosing that he was a writer for Nightmare Mode—a gaming news outlet of which Hernandez was a founder and Editor-in-Chief—since at least as early as October 2011, prior to when Hernandez had covered him.

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Date

2013 Oct 24

Filed

2016 Jul 13

Covered Cameron Kunzelman at least two times without disclosing he had been a staff member at Nightmare Mode—a gaming outlet of which Hernandez was a founder and editor-in-chief—since at least as early as November 2012.

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Date

2013 Sep 24

Filed

2016 Jul 13

In article for Kotaku she plugged a piece written by John Brindle for Nightmare Mode without disclosing that she was that site’s founder and editor-in-chief, which she notes elsewhere on Kotaku. When she plugged Brindle’s article (January 8th, 2013) Hernandez was still Nightmare Mode’s editor, as shown by the site’s staff page before and after the article was published.

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Date

2013 Jan 08

Filed

2016 Jul 13

Plugged Jonas Kyratzes without disclosing that he had been a writer for Nightmare Mode—a gaming outlet of which Hernandez was founder and Editor-in-Chief—since at least as early as November 2012, prior to this coverage.

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Date

2013 Jan 04

Filed

2016 Jul 13

Cronyism

Amended

Cronyism

About

Wrote about her former partner Christine Love in three articles, originally disclosing their relationship only in the first. Disclosure was added to both other articles after its absence was publicly pointed out.

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patched

Date

2014 Jul 28

Filed

2015 Mar 08

Wrote two articles about games by the controversial Mattie Brice, initially disclosing their friendship only in the first one — which is liked in the second. Article was updated with disclosure as well in 2015.

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patched

Date

2013 Nov 02

Filed

2015 Sep 25

Wrote six times about her roommate Anna Antrophy, originally without disclosure.

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patched

Date

Not on file

Filed

2015 Mar 08

Wrote two times promoting Kickstarters by GaymerX, originally without disclosing her friendship with its president Tony Rocca and other staff.

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patched

Date

Not on file

Filed

2015 Apr 19

Wrote two times about her friend Zoe Quinn, originally without disclosure.

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patched

Date

Not on file

Filed

2015 Mar 08

Cronyism

Possible

Cronyism

About

Covered Merritt Kopas at least three times between December 2012 and October 2013, without disclosing that Kopas has been writing for Nightmare Mode—a gaming news outlet of which Hernandez was founder and an editor-in-chief—since at least as early as November 2012. An article under the byline “Kotaku Staff”, written on February 2014—after Hernandez joined Kotakupromoted Kopas again without disclosure. Hernandez covered Kopas again on April 2016, but in this time she disclosed that she and Kopas worked together on a book.

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possible

Date

2013 Oct 29

Filed

2016 Jul 13

Sensationalism

Amended

Sensationalism

About

Wrote the perhaps most famous article on the Max Temkin accusations, where she claimed Temkin ”spent too much time defending himself, and not enough time contemplating the idea that he might‘ve messed up“. Article was later amended, and Kotaku admitted it was a misfire.

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patched

Date

Not on file

Filed

2015 May 01

Sensationalism

Possible

Sensationalism

About

Sensationalist article criticizing of the use of the word "rape" as an euphemism for "one-sided victory" in online gaming.

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possible

Date

Not on file

Filed

2015 Mar 29

Cronyism

Not

Cronyism

About

Following the publicity of her other conflicts of interest, has been accused of writing about David S. Gallant without disclosing an existing friendship that their existing public conversations don't seem to solidly prove.

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not

Date

Not on file

Filed

2015 Mar 08

Sensationalism

Not

Sensationalism

About

Following some of her most controversial writing, several fake parody articles were made with her name. Debatable as her actual articles might be, anyone mistaking the parodies for real (archive) is factually inaccurate.

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not

Date

Not on file

Filed

2016 Jun 08

This journalist’s career means they might be subject to slight asymmetric scrutiny.

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