An accusation is often more newsworthy than the recantation. So should a news organization make an effort to ensure the new information is given the same prominence as the original?

It’s a question that arose this week after the unnamed man who leveled underage sex allegations against Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of Elmo on “Sesame Street,” recanted his allegations. TMZ first broke news of the allegations, and it spread quickly.

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