. . . given that AI programs assemble articles by churning through mountains of publicly available information, even the best automated stories are essentially clip jobs, devoid of new findings or original” reporting.

– Paul Farhi

The Post documents what happened when tech publication, CNET, used automated writing that later was discovered to be inaccurate. A CNET editor says their use of the technology was experimental.

The piece contextualizes the CNET incident with other uses of automated writing in newsrooms.


A news site used AI to write articles. It was a journalistic disaster.
THE WASHINGTON POST | January 17, 2023 | by Paul Farhi