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Griego Erwin resigns amid internal inquiry into her columns(Sac Bee Columnist)
Sacramento Bee ^ | 05/12/05 | Rick Rodriguez

Posted on 05/12/2005 7:16:25 AM PDT by Pikamax

Rick Rodriguez: Griego Erwin resigns amid internal inquiry into her columns By Rick Rodriguez -- Bee Executive Editor Published 2:15 am PDT Thursday, May 12, 2005

Diana Griego Erwin, whose column has appeared in this space three days a week, resigned Wednesday amid an internal inquiry into whether some people mentioned in several recent columns actually existed.

During our inquiry we found we could not authenticate the existence of several people even though they were identified by name, age and sometimes by the neighborhoods in which they were reported to have lived. We used extensive online database searches as well as old-fashioned shoe-leather work in our investigation over the past 2 1/2 weeks.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


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1 posted on 05/12/2005 7:16:26 AM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax
Such a good liberal activist, I hate to see her go. Oh wait, I canceled the Bee 5 years ago. Never mind.
2 posted on 05/12/2005 7:19:02 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan
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3 posted on 05/12/2005 7:22:57 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Pikamax
The Sac Bee Birdcage Liner loses another who resides in a parallel universe.
4 posted on 05/12/2005 7:23:39 AM PDT by afnamvet (31st Fighter Wing Tuy Hoa AB RVN 68-69 "Return with Honor")
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To: Pikamax

What did Ms. Erwin claim that these non-existent people were doing or saying?


5 posted on 05/12/2005 7:26:07 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Pikamax

With all these "journalists" getting caught doing everything from making up facts to making up people to respond to those facts, I've got to figure this is institutionalized.

Is this something journalist schools are teaching?

Or they learning it from journalism retreats, like the kind Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden used to hold for activists?


6 posted on 05/12/2005 7:30:04 AM PDT by Duke Nukum (King had to write, to sing the song of Gan. And I had to read. How else could Roland find the Tower?)
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To: Pikamax

Journalism, MSM, broadcast and print need to do some serious introspective housecleaning.

These kinds of events (journalist canned or quit because of lies and deceptions) are becoming too common. How many MSM outlets have had such problems recently?

Journalism needs to review its code of ethics and journalistic organizations need to start enforcing them --- or MSM will lose any credibility it may still have.


7 posted on 05/12/2005 7:30:16 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Pikamax

Diana Griego Erwin ? Yeah, she interviewed me.

8 posted on 05/12/2005 7:30:59 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Pikamax

Not enough news. Journalists need to report on stories, or
"invent" them in order to have words to write..

Too much money in news...to many people competing...
too many liars...

It's always true, that once any enterprise starts making money
you can expect all the liars, hucksters, hustlers,
etc. to start cashing in on it...and the quality soon
goes down.....


9 posted on 05/12/2005 8:05:55 AM PDT by Getready ((...Fear not ...))
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To: Pikamax
I always had a bit of suspicion regarding her "writing".

It seemed an amazing coincidence that, whomever she interviewed, always had a heart wrenching sob story that, coincidently, parroted the Democratic Party Talking Points.

All a big coincidence I'm sure.

On another note, a few years ago, the Sacramento News and Review, the local "freebie" paper had their usual Halloween issue in which they did a parody of the Bee.

In it, Griego's picture was replaced by one of a Standard Poodle, with floppy curly hair and the same winsome look she has in her real picture.

It was a classic, and I have never been able to look at her pic quite the same way again....

Cheers,

knews hound
10 posted on 05/12/2005 8:17:15 AM PDT by knews_hound (Out of the NIC ,into the Router, out to the Cloud....Nothing but 'Net)
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To: Pikamax
in a handful of cases - too many by far - we found we could not verify [the sources'] existence.

I'd like to know just how many sources were apparently fabricated. On the one hand the editor claims it was a "handful." On the other, the number of such cases was "too many by far." Just how many were there?

11 posted on 05/12/2005 9:25:47 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: martin_fierro; SierraWasp

Another graduate of the Jayson Blair whacked out wetdreams becoming so called news gets her just deserts.

She and Mary Mapes are just the tip of the iceberg of lying/whacked Jayson Blair graduates pretending to be reporters.


12 posted on 05/12/2005 9:30:40 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 5 decades.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
What did Ms. Erwin claim that these non-existent people were doing or saying?

Typically they were tear-jerker real person stories. Usually it involved someone down on their luck who is suffering even more due to Republican policies. Or it might be a story about a brave abortion nurse, or a dedicated enviro-whacko -- that kind of stuff.

13 posted on 05/12/2005 9:30:46 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan
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To: ElkGroveDan

You must have an incredible high pain threshold to have read enough of big hair's columns to know what they are about. I could never make it past the second sentence.

She should have been fired a long time ago for bad writing. This kind of makes my day.


14 posted on 05/12/2005 9:47:21 AM PDT by stop_fascism
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To: Pikamax
Newsrooms today are dominated by the Left, with the secular church of American liberalism always holding services among the faithful. Newspapers consequently lack the intellectual vigor and personal give and take that inhibit and expose fraud and fabrication.

No matter how strong the need for newspapers to have aggressive, self-declared conservative editors and reporters to keep newsrooms honest, America's newspapers are fundamentally incapable of embracing the remedy. Most are like late stage heart patients who continue to smoke and do not take their medication -- but are genuinely surprised at the painful evidence of their continued decline.
15 posted on 05/12/2005 10:12:48 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: ElkGroveDan
Such a good liberal activist, I hate to see her go. Oh wait, I canceled the Bee 5 years ago. Never mind.

The only thing papers sell is their integrity. If you can't trust what they say, they've got nothing. In the short run it's going to be hard for the MSM to clean up corrupt deadwood - in the long run it's their only hope.

16 posted on 05/12/2005 10:44:02 AM PDT by GOPJ (Liberals haven't had a new idea in 40 years.)
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To: Rockingham
Well said, and right on every point. Thanks.

Newsrooms today are dominated by the Left, with the secular church of American liberalism always holding services among the faithful. Newspapers consequently lack the intellectual vigor and personal give and take that inhibit and expose fraud and fabrication.

No matter how strong the need for newspapers to have aggressive, self-declared conservative editors and reporters to keep newsrooms honest, America's newspapers are fundamentally incapable of embracing the remedy. Most are like late stage heart patients who continue to smoke and do not take their medication -- but are genuinely surprised at the painful evidence of their continued decline.

17 posted on 05/12/2005 10:46:54 AM PDT by GOPJ (Liberals haven't had a new idea in 40 years.)
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To: Pikamax

http://www.bakersfield.com/state_wire/story/5511963p-5498128c.html

Sacramento Bee columnist quits amid inquiry

The Associated Press

Posted: Thursday May 12th, 2005, 9:35 AM
Last Updated: Thursday May 12th, 2005, 9:35 AM

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Sacramento Bee columnist resigned in the midst of the newspaper's investigation into whether she fabricated some of the people she mentioned in several recent columns, the newspaper said in Thursday editions.

Diana Griego Erwin, who won a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk award while working at the Denver Post in the 1980s, came to The Bee 12 years ago.

"During our inquiry we found we could not authenticate the existence of several people even though they were identified by name, age and sometimes by the neighborhoods in which they were reported to have lived," Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez wrote in the space usually reserved for Griego Erwin's three-day-a-week column. "When asked to provide confirmation ... she was unable to do so to our satisfaction."

Griego Erwin maintained her innocence even while resigning for personal reasons, Rodriguez said. She said in a statement that, "I did nothing wrong, but could not fully prove that to The Bee."

In addition to her awards while at the Denver Post, she won the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for best column writing in 1990 while at the Orange County Register along with other awards at The Bee.

Rodriguez noted her resignation "comes at a time when the news industry has been hit with a series of high-profile ethical lapses in print and broadcast. And this kind of unfortunate story can't help but cut into our credibility."

He said readers are rightly demanding more accountability and the paper is determined to maintain their trust.

He said more cases are becoming known in part because the authenticity of sources is easier to verify. In Griego Erwin's case, he said a handful of individuals named in recent columns couldn't be confirmed, after an inquiry into a single column began more than two weeks ago.

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On the Net:

The Sacramento Bee: www.sacbee.com


18 posted on 05/12/2005 10:53:33 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: Pikamax

Pulitzer and Nobel prizes used to convey an air of excellence and dedication to revealing truths in science and history and honoring tose who help make this a better world.

But then the NYT, LAT, WaPost etc lost their way and bought into the "How can we be wrong" mentality? "We ARE the news, aren't we?"

Yes,, sadly You are the news .. again and again, as the agendas of the loonie left and their practititoners surface and choke them on their own vomit.

Puke Day? Everyday is Puke Day!

OH and a big Thanks to CBS for confirming the worse suspicions again. Totally corrupt.


19 posted on 05/12/2005 10:58:22 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: ElkGroveDan; Steve_Seattle

http://www.ilusa.com/articles/Diana%20Griego%20Erwin.htm

Here's an example. Wonder how many of those quoted are imaginary. Notice the gratuitous Schwarzeneggar dig at the end as well.

http://www.ahrc.com/new/index.php/src/news/sub/article/action/ShowMedia/id/12

Another fairly representative story. Nowhere does it say that the guy should have paid his bills or made some effort at all to deal with the problem.

http://www.grandmothersforpeace.org/media/Griego2.html
EGD, I'll bet you'll love this one!


20 posted on 05/12/2005 10:58:40 AM PDT by republicofdavis
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To: ElkGroveDan; Grampa Dave; martin_fierro; NormsRevenge
Now if we could truncate this bizzare bastird Bowman's efforts to win a Pulitzer with horse Puckey!!!

If you need a user name and password, here's mine: User = asbestos... Password = BeeEss1

21 posted on 05/12/2005 11:06:43 AM PDT by SierraWasp (The "Heritage Oaks" in the Sierra-Nevada Conservancy are full of parasitic GovernMental mistletoe!!!)
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To: Rockingham
.....Newsrooms today are dominated by the Left.....

When considering all the papers, including those in smaller markets, the dominance can also be said to be female.

To be a modern female one must be an advocate and make a difference. An easy way to make a difference in a low payng journalist job is to make stuff up.

They aren't called Presstitutes for nothing.
22 posted on 05/12/2005 11:50:16 AM PDT by bert (Rename Times Square......... Rudy Square.)
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To: bert

Blog coverage:

http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2005/05/liberal-sacramento-bee-columnist.html

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/002432.htm


23 posted on 05/12/2005 1:04:44 PM PDT by ScoopandDizzy
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To: Duke Nukum

It's an "ends justifying the means" mentality.


24 posted on 05/12/2005 1:05:52 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I have a big truck)
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To: ScoopandDizzy

For the record.....

http://www.fairpress.org/bert/blog.htm

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25 posted on 05/12/2005 1:53:02 PM PDT by bert (Rename Times Square......... Rudy Square.)
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To: bert

Don't cry for Griego. She'll get another job in newspapers. Maybe even higher pay. She's got a Latino name, and that's what counts. They might need to fire a couple more 50sh white men to open up the budget for her, but I'm sure there are newspapers that have already decided who must be fired, and they've left messages with Griego, or her agent, already.


26 posted on 05/12/2005 2:07:45 PM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: Fledermaus

Can a newspaper be sued by readers for deliberately false reporting? I guess you could only get back, as damages, the 50 cents you paid for the rag, so we probably won't be seeing any lawsuits against lying newspapers and fabricating writers. --- But maybe a class action suit by a bunch of readers -- ?


27 posted on 05/12/2005 2:10:09 PM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: NormsRevenge

Did Griego believe that the world, or the US at least, is full of discrimination against minorities? If it is, how'd she land her job?


28 posted on 05/12/2005 2:11:11 PM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: NormsRevenge

But they haven't proved anything! She quit for personal reasons. Denies she did wrong, and says they won't find any evidence that she did wrong. Last time I heard "they won't find any evidence of wrong," it was Hillary, on Today show, saying Monica was lying about Bill. This is also a standard retort of captured criminals on TV -- "You can't prove that!"


29 posted on 05/12/2005 2:13:57 PM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: TomGuy
These kinds of events (journalist canned or quit because of lies and deceptions) are becoming too common."""

I don't know which is more common these days: reporters exposed as liars and frauds or teachers caught with students or Teddy Kennedy puking on the Constitution or John McCain puking on the Republican Party.

30 posted on 05/12/2005 2:23:39 PM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: Pikamax
So, another pro-illegal alien apologist/enabler bites the dust.

What a shame...

31 posted on 05/12/2005 2:46:12 PM PDT by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: Pikamax

bump


32 posted on 05/14/2005 12:31:41 PM PDT by lowbridge
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