On Twitter today, games journalist Alex Hinkley alleged that Cracked.com offered to write an article for him, and publish it under his byline as if he’d wrote it himself (h/t TheIvyClover1). The incident allegedly occurred last summer, after he was fired from Examiner.com for a controversial article about industry salaries.
This allegation could certainly make one doubt the authorship of editorials and articles posted on Cracked.com. If they were allegedly willing to do this for Hinkley, how many more cases might there be? Perhaps this service was offered to Zoe Quinn as well?
I’ll provide the screenshots from this allegation below, and let you decide the veracity.
— Ethan Ralph (@TheRalphRetort) September 26, 2014