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News fabrication - British style

Postby Going South » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:25 am

Guardian admits rogue reporter fabricated interviews

The Guardian has admitted that a rogue reporter fabricated interviews in articles for the newspaper and falsely claimed to have been present at events he wrote about.

Joseph Mayton, a freelance who has been writing for the Guardian since 2009, has been accused of making up quotes in some of his stories, even filing interviews with people who later said they had never spoken to him.

The Guardian, which was instrumental in bringing about the Leveson Inquiry into press standards with its investigation of phone-hacking at the News of the World, has now removed 13 of Mr Mayton's articles from its website. Many others have been amended to remove unreliable material or correct inaccuracies.

The Guardian's Lee Glendinning wrote an apology to readers
An independent fact-checker was hired to look through the 64 articles published under his byline, who spoke to around 50 people and found widespread evidence of "likely or confirmed fabrication".

Mr Mayton, who is based in California, denies any fabrication, but the Guardian today published an apology to its readers, and to the "people whose words were misrepresented or falsified", on its website.

The case has similarities to the scandal of the New York Times journalist Jayson Blair, who was sacked in 2003 for widespread plagiarism and fabrication.

Lee Glendinning, editor of Guardian US, wrote that suspicions were raised in February when sources contacted the company to say they had not spoken to Mr Mayton, despite being quoted by him.

The journalist was "unable to provide convincing evidence that the interviews in question had taken place" a three-month investigation was launched into his previous work.

Ms Glendinning wrote: "Our fact-checker found articles that contained likely or confirmed fabrication, including stories about two events that organisers said he didn’t attend.

"Dozens of sources could not be found – either they had no online presence or they were anonymous and could not be substantiated – and several people quoted in Mayton’s articles either denied speaking with him or giving the quotes attributed to them."

Mr Mayton was "unable or unwilling" to provide information on most sources.

The Guardian said it hoped the episode “has not compromised the trust” placed in it by its readers, adding that it was reviewing its due diligence procedures in relation to contributors.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05 ... ent=safari

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Postby Going South » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:25 am

Making up news! The new(?) mantra of British press. :up:

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Re: News fabrication - British style

Postby Katto » Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:18 pm

most of the press these days as evidenced by wikileaks

came as no surprise to katto of course