Thursday, August 16, 2007

Journalists, historians and politicians who fabricated stories

Scott Beauchamp at New Republic has been uncovered, and his editors are fabricating a defense for him. We remember previous cases - Dan Rather, photos misattributed to events by AFP - multiple times, even my favorite historian Steven Ambrose, RIP. Politicians also - surprise. Randall Hoven constructed a list at American Thinker of cases where journalists, historians and politicians just made up the story they wanted, or streched an actual one to the point of being a lie. The list is unbelivably long. Example:
59. Nina Totenberg, The National Observer (1972). Plagiarism. She was fired by The National Observer for plagiarism. "Totenberg had allegedly lifted several paragraphs from a Washington Post story and dropped them into a piece she was writing about former House Speaker Tip O'Neill for the now-defunct National Observer." She is currently legal correspondent for NPR.
And just last week:
54. Reuters Russia's North Pole coverage (2007). More fake photos/footage. "Reuters has been forced to admit that footage it released last week purportedly showing Russian submersibles on the seabed of the North Pole actually came from the movie Titanic." The mistake was caught by a 13-year-old Finnish boy.

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