Chuck, like I said before, I’m not privy to the details of the story. But publicly shaming someone, especially when malicious intent has not been proved, is not right. Both parties look bad in this situation because it feels like a mud-slinging competition. We’re going on a she-said-they-said basis.
As a manager, if I publicly shamed one of my team members, the other team members wouldn’t trust me at all. They would start lying, covering up any errors. It sets a very negative precedent. That’s why there’s a rule we follow — praise in public, reprimand in private.
I’m not trying to tell Coffeelicious what to do. It’s their decision to make. According to me, a retraction of the “plagiarised” story or a citation of the original source in the story; would have been sufficient from a public standpoint. A private apology to the affected party(ies) should also have been done. That’s my take on it and how I would have done it.