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KURTZ: USA TODAY REPORTER (Jack Kelley) PANICKED (during probe of his work!)
USA Today via Drudge ^ | Sat Jan 10 2004 19:49:51 ET | Drudge/Kurtz

Posted on 01/10/2004 6:54:53 PM PST by martin_fierro

KURTZ: USA TODAY REPORTER PANICKED

Sat Jan 10 2004 19:49:51 ET

USA Today correspondent Jack Kelley resigned Tuesday after an investigation of his work -- after he "panicked and used poor judgment" during the probe, the WASHINGTON POST is planning to report on Sunday.

According to newsroom sources, the POST's Howard Kurtz will report: "In an effort to prove that he had spoken with a human rights activist in Yugoslavia, Kelley said in an interview, he encouraged a translator who was not present during the 1999 sit-down to impersonate another translator who was there. The woman who agreed to help Kelley called the USA Today journalist assigned to investigate the matter last fall and verified Kelley's account as if she had been there. "

About two weeks later, Kelley said, he realized the magnitude of his error and confessed to the paper's publisher, executive editor and reporter Mark Memmott, who had received the bogus call.

"I resigned because I felt I should no longer work at USA Today because of what I'd done," Kelley said. But he said he stands behind every story he has written, many of them from war zones, during a 21-year career at the nation's best-selling newspaper. He said his bad judgment stemmed from his conviction that the investigation was "a witch hunt to drive me out of USA Today."

Editor Karen Jurgensen said Saturday: "I'm confident Jack was treated fairly and professionally throughout the investigation. We have no concerns whatsoever about the quality or fairness of the investigation."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: falsification; jackkelley; lamedefense; mediafraud; medialies; resigned; schadenfreude; try2salvagethepride; usatoday; usatschadenfreude
Just damn.
1 posted on 01/10/2004 6:54:54 PM PST by martin_fierro
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To: Timesink; Liz; Grampa Dave
They're dropping like lies flies!
2 posted on 01/10/2004 6:55:35 PM PST by martin_fierro (HEY! I'm tryin' t'run a classy thread here!)
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To: All
Show your true colors!

Reach into that purse and donate to Free Republic!

3 posted on 01/10/2004 6:56:26 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Freepers post from sun to sun, but a fundraiser bot's work is never done.)
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To: martin_fierro
There's an opening at the NYT for a reporter of such resourcefulness, isn't there?
4 posted on 01/10/2004 6:57:22 PM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: martin_fierro
That's ok. He'll get a job with Dean any moment now.
5 posted on 01/10/2004 6:57:42 PM PST by Beck_isright ("Deserving ain't got nothing to do with it" - William Money)
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To: martin_fierro
This is B.S. He didn't panic, he just got a better offer from the NY Times.
6 posted on 01/10/2004 6:58:06 PM PST by umgud (speaking strictly as an infidel,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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Kelley (r)

(I don't think that's his "translator" there)

7 posted on 01/10/2004 7:00:35 PM PST by martin_fierro (HEY! I'm tryin' t'run a classy thread here!)
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To: martin_fierro
Proper attribution is necessary for the story to be correct:

Correspondent Jack Kelley (D - USA Today)

8 posted on 01/10/2004 7:00:47 PM PST by IncPen ( Remember: Make your comments worthy of a repost at DU!)
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To: martin_fierro
LOL, a Jason Blair wanna be.
9 posted on 01/10/2004 7:38:33 PM PST by Drango (NPR is the tax funded propaganda wing of the DNC.)
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To: martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; Miss Marple; Tamsey; ...

Schadenfreude

This is the New York Times USA Today Schadenfreude Ping List. Freepmail me to be added or dropped.


This is the Mainstream Media Shenanigans ping list. Please freepmail me to be added or dropped.
Please note this is a medium- to high-volume list.
Please feel free to ping me if you come across a thread you would think worthy of this ping list. I can't catch them all!


10 posted on 01/10/2004 8:53:30 PM PST by Timesink (I'm not a big fan of electronic stuff, you know? Beeps ... beeps freak me out. They're bad.)
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To: IncPen
Proper attribution is necessary for the story to be correct: Correspondent Jack Kelley (D - USA Today)

One of Jack's supporters (who also denies the 19 hijackers attacked America) writes "USA Today Reporter Writes Anti-Israel Story and Needs your support" .

He wants you to help him support Jack ...

11 posted on 01/10/2004 9:30:36 PM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: martin_fierro
The Kurtz article:

Reporter 'Panicked' In Probe: USA Today's Kelley Admits a Deception


12 posted on 01/10/2004 9:42:53 PM PST by Timesink (I'm not a big fan of electronic stuff, you know? Beeps ... beeps freak me out. They're bad.)
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To: Timesink
Thanks for the PING, Timesink. I've missed you.
13 posted on 01/10/2004 9:59:50 PM PST by reformed_democrat
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To: Support Free Republic
RE; the picture.

Somethings, once conceived, should not be continued to completion.

14 posted on 01/11/2004 1:48:13 AM PST by Swordmaker
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To: martin_fierro; Grampa Dave; Timesink
This guy is perfect. He'll have no problem getting a job with the DNC for its 2004 presidential spin operation. They'll need all the clymers they can get for that job.
15 posted on 01/11/2004 7:15:26 AM PST by Liz
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To: Timesink

I'm as willing to listen to this guy's side of the story as the next guy, but these lame defenses don't pass the sniff test.

16 posted on 01/11/2004 7:26:00 AM PST by martin_fierro (HEY! I'm tryin' t'run a classy thread here!)
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To: martin_fierro
USALIES TODAY is typical of the left wing media.

Besides lying, the editor/publisher admitted to spiking stories about the Clintons during the 1992/94 elections. He aided and abetted the bent one during the Monica Mess.

USALIES TODAY in many hotels and motels is not free, the guests just think that it is. Regardless, I tell the front desk when I check in, that I don't want USALIES TODAY, regardless if it is free.
17 posted on 01/11/2004 7:56:18 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Freeploading is a liberal social disease. A $5/month donation to Free Republic is an instant cure!)
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To: Liz
He sounds like he would be perfect for the NY SLIMES or ABCNNBC BS phoney news with all the mantras/spin of the DNC posing as news.
18 posted on 01/11/2004 7:57:34 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Freeploading is a liberal social disease. A $5/month donation to Free Republic is an instant cure!)
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To: martin_fierro
more of the same ol' arrogant liberal think....to a liberal..The ends always justifies the means!...lying..cheating..stealing becomes exceptable to futher their cause..or...In a nut shell.. liberal morals are governed by their politics...as opposed to conservitives whose politics are governed by their morals...
19 posted on 01/11/2004 9:23:33 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: Grampa Dave
USA Today and serious foreign news coverage, does not compute.
20 posted on 01/11/2004 10:55:36 AM PST by CaptainK
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To: martin_fierro
He said his bad judgment stemmed from his conviction that the investigation was "a witch hunt to drive me out of USA Today."

Boy, would I LOVE to hear more about this aspect of the story.

21 posted on 01/11/2004 10:55:39 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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bttt


22 posted on 10/04/2004 12:15:59 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: martin_fierro
USA Today correspondent Jack Kelley resigned Tuesday after an investigation of his work

Why were they investigating his work?
23 posted on 10/04/2004 12:24:21 AM PDT by mugs99 (Restore the Constitution)
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