Friday, March 19, 2004

First Jayson Blair fabricated and plagiarized stories for the New York Times, then BushCo. released a "video news release" which used paid actors posing as journalists praising the new Medicare law; now it appears that USA Today reporter Jack Kelley may have fabricated stories as well. "...a team of journalists has found strong evidence that Kelley fabricated substantial portions of at least eight major stories, lifted nearly two dozen quotes or other material from competing publications, lied in speeches he gave for the newspaper and conspired to mislead those investigating his work." (Atrios has an interesting entry on the Kelley story as well.) Listen people, if you want to do fake news, apply for a job at the Daily Show or Saturday Night Live, and leave the REAL news jobs to people who are willing to do the work required of a REAL journalist!