When a story is withdrawn from publication because of various reasons, it is referred to as a spiking. While it is uncommon, it happens only when the journalist or editor are unable to rectify the issue at hand. Some issues that cause spiking are any changes of events, blatant biases, major inconsistencies, and any conflict of commercial interests with the publisher. It takes incredibly detailed explanations as to why spiking needs to occur as decisions like this do not happen easily.

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