USNews used to use medians along with 75 and 25 in their calculations. But the ABA stopped collecting median info, so USNews stopped asking for it. But last year USNews reintroduced medians in their calculations, but instead of asking for the schools to report a median, they used a midpoint between the 25 and the 75. That hurt some schools. But UWNews said that they didn't want to trust any information that wasn't sent through the ABA.
That's when I stopped paying attention to the story. I don't know if USNews gave in, or if the ABA is going to start asking for that data again, or if whoever is telling the story just isn't telling it right. But this started already last year.