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Nomination Thread for Worst News Media Reporting; Awarded at 10th Annual WHCA Dinner Freep 4/26/08
Thursday, April 3, 2008 | Kristinn

Posted on 04/03/2008 6:59:26 AM PDT by kristinn

To mark our tenth annual freep against media bias outside the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, the D.C. Chapter of will hold an awards ceremony to announce the ten worst examples of media reporting over the past ten years.

Nominations are being accepted on this thread from now until 9 a.m. EDT Monday, April 21. Voting will commence shortly after that and will close at 3 p.m. EDT Friday, April 25.

Nominees should be backed with quotes and source links. Acceptable nominees are news media outlets, reporters, commentators, photographers, editors and executives. The time period runs from 1999 through 2008. The winners will not be decided on a year-by-year basis , so there could be more than one winner from a year and none for another year.

The standard for nominations are a media report(s) that was false, doctored, treasonous, egregiously biased or timed or withheld to give maximum political advantage or cause maximum political damage.

The D.C. Chapter will announce the winners at 4:30 p.m. EDT, Saturday, April 26, 2008 at our regular location for the Correspondents Dinner freep: the corner of Connecticut Avenue and T Street, NW, just across from the Hilton where the dinner is held.

The freep will be from 4 p.m. to about 8 p.m. All Freepers and lurkers in good standing are welcome to join us.

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: awards; correspondentsdinner; dcchapter; topten; whca
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1 posted on 04/03/2008 6:59:26 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

RatherGate is #1 with a bullet, I assume?

2 posted on 04/03/2008 7:05:44 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (<===Typical White American)
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To: kristinn

There are just so, so, so many.. but the British newspaper declaring ‘Depression’ has to take the cake.—$1216802.htm

Every reporter (and Politician) who has said we are in a recession should also be given an honorable mention; such as this:

Or how about all the press (and politicians) who doesn’t understand how the Federal Reserve works and continue to repeat the line that the Fed “prints money”.

3 posted on 04/03/2008 7:06:42 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: FreedomPoster

Of course, that would be the most blatant..

4 posted on 04/03/2008 7:07:27 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: kristinn

Oh my goodness. This will take a lot of thought.

I heard just this morning (cnn I think) that Bush totally failed in getting NATO to endorse the missile shield, only to have just read “NATO endorses missile shield”.


5 posted on 04/03/2008 7:14:18 AM PDT by jackv (DEMOCRATS HATE BUSH MORE THAN THEY LOVE THEIR COUNTRY!!!)
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To: kristinn
My nominee...

An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. At least 175 people were slaughtered on Tuesday and more.

6 posted on 04/03/2008 7:17:35 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: andyandval
Lest we forget..

7 posted on 04/03/2008 7:20:13 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: kristinn

8 posted on 04/03/2008 7:24:25 AM PDT by andyandval
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Runners up in the photo category-
Katie Couric's miracle diet.

Reuters smoke.

..and then their was Piers Morgan (Celebrity Apprentice fame) who was sacked from the Daily Mirror for staging fake torture photos.
(still looking for the photo, but here is the culprit)

9 posted on 04/03/2008 7:26:22 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: kristinn

I take offense at the “WHCA” title. lol

I was part of “WHCA”. The White House COMMUNICATIONS Agency, the folks who provide all of the President’s, VPs, First Ladies and most of the USSS communications.

So... I wish people wouldn’t make up acronyms.

10 posted on 04/03/2008 7:29:26 AM PDT by Rick.Donaldson ( - Please visit for lastest on DPRK/Russia/China/et al.)
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11 posted on 04/03/2008 7:32:12 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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..per previous.. here is the photo that Piers faked.

Mirror editor sacked over fake photos of torture

I think this one is good because of his Celebrity Apprentice appearance.

12 posted on 04/03/2008 7:33:43 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: andyandval

That still cracks me up! Too funny.

13 posted on 04/03/2008 7:33:53 AM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: kristinn; george76

By the way, original poster of this on FR was george76, IIRC.

14 posted on 04/03/2008 7:39:49 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: mnehrling
How about this one...

NYTimes Photo Fakery

Residents displayed what they said was damage from U.S. airstrikes. Correction appended Jan. 17, 2006: A caption Saturday on with a photograph of damage from a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan misidentified an item in the photograph. Agence France-Presse, the agency that provided the photograph, later changed the caption to report that the item appears to be an unexploded artillery shell, not a piece of a missile from Friday's attack.

15 posted on 04/03/2008 7:45:39 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: andyandval; jazusamo; Grampa Dave; BIGLOOK; Liz; Milhous; potlatch; F15Eagle; USF; Candor7; ...


Catching the enemedia in their tricks is fun.

16 posted on 04/03/2008 7:47:38 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: andyandval
How many FReepers where the first to spot fakes like that and Rather?

I know Allegra and Dirtboy (I think) figured out the fake YouTube of the soldiers throwing a puppy off a cliff a while back.

17 posted on 04/03/2008 7:49:07 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: kristinn

If Dan Blather needs a date, he can always go with Baghdad Bob!

18 posted on 04/03/2008 8:01:42 AM PDT by SMARTY ('At some point you get tired of swatting flies, and you have to go for the manure heap' Gen. LeMay)
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To: george76

That was a good one. It was clear to the enemedia that those cartridges were slingshot ammo. :-)

19 posted on 04/03/2008 8:07:08 AM PDT by jazusamo ( |
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To: andyandval; SunkenCiv; Grampa Dave; M. Espinola; Fred Nerks

Remember this ?

The image and the story context imply that he is at the scene of a explosion of a downed Israeli jet..

Who’s that he’s aiming his rifle at ( in next picture )? Are Israeli troops advancing?

Note the caption on the left, below his elbow.

The same guy appears in a photo taken by none other than ex-Reuters camera man Adnan Hajj.

They’re burning tires. It’s a garbage dump.

Dead man walking.


20 posted on 04/03/2008 8:07:29 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

slingshot ammo. :-)

21 posted on 04/03/2008 8:08:31 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: fleagle
Intrepid NBC reporter Michelle Kosinski braves the flood ravaged streets of Wayne, NJ.


Some of these reporters have to be embarrassed about what they do right?

I mean, some of them must have some sense of shame, dignity, etc.

22 posted on 04/03/2008 8:15:00 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: george76
Allow me to hastily share a meager list, which admittedly contains only the most infamous candidates:

It's Not Just Scott Beauchamp

"Matt Drudge's role in the Monica Lewinski scandal] strikes me as a new and graphic power of the Internet to influence mainstream journalism. And I suspect that over the next couple of years that impact will grow to the point where it will damage journalism's ability to do its job professionally, to check out information before publication, to be mindful of the necessity to publish and broadcast reliable, substantiated information." -- Marvin Kalb in 1998  
Scott Beauchamp was the last straw. I realized that I need a scorecard to keep track of all the fallen journalists, journalistic mistakes and major and minor screw-ups in the media.  I couldn't find one already made, although Wikipedia came close, so I started my own.  I apologize if there is a good list already out there, but I looked and could not find.

Offenses include lying and fabricating, doctoring photos, plagiarism, conflicts of interest, falling for hoaxes, and overt bias.  Some are hilarious, such as an action figure doll being mistaken for a real soldier.  Some are silly, such as reporting on a baseball game watched on TV.  Some are more serious.

I leave it to you to judge whether the internet damaged "journalism's ability to do its job professionally", as Marvin Kalb accuses, or if the internet has in fact helped expose an already damaged "profession".

I doubt if my list is comprehensive, but I think it's a good start.  So that I'm not accused of plagiarism myself, I would like to give credit to Wikipedia for many of the entries on this list.  And all the information below can be found with a little internet searching; I just could not find it all in one place.  I do give at least one source for each item, embedded in the text.
  1. Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press (2005).  Lying/fabricating.  In his sports column, he described alumni players at a basketball game who were not even there.
  2. Stephen Ambrose, historian/author (2002).  Plagiarism.  He was almost a book "factory", writing eight books in five years.  But that apparently came easier when parts were copied from other books, without attribution.
  3. Associated Press (AP)  (2005).  Fell for hoax and phony photo.  The AP ran a story, with a photo, about a soldier held hostage in Iraq.  The photo turned out to be that of an action figure doll; there was no such soldier.
  4. Mike Barnicle, Boston Globe (1998).  Lying/fabricating and plagiarism.  Totally made up stories, including one about a black kid and a white kid with cancer.  Also used quotes from George Carlin as his own.  Fired from the Boston Globe.
  5. Maria Bartiromo, CNBC (2007).  Conflict of interest.  She dated a Citicorp executive and received special treatment from him, and also owned stock in Citicorp while doing financial reporting for CNBC, including reporting on Citicorp.
  6. Scott Beauchamp, The New Republic (2007).  Lying.  TNR hired this U.S. Army private and husband of one of its own reporters to write first-hand accounts from Iraq.  One of his accounts, supposedly demonstrating the dehumanizing effects of the Iraq war on him and fellow soldiers, occurred in Kuwait before Beauchamp even entered Iraq.  Other parts of his writing are likely false, and if not, constitute military crimes on his part.  In fact, his anonymous writing from a war zone is likely against military rules.  This story is currently unfolding.
  7. Nada Behziz, The Bakersfield Californian (2005).  Lying/fabricating and plagiarism.  Writing mostly on health issues, she plagiarized from the New York Times and AP, made up sources, and got basic facts wrong.  An investigation counted 29 fabricated or plagiarized articles.  She also lied on her resume.  She was fired.
  8. Michael Bellesiles, professor of history, author of Arming America and recipient of Columbia University's Bancroft Prize.  Lying/fabricating.  He made "myth shattering" claims about the history of guns in America that were based on fabricated historical records.  He resigned from Emory University.  
  9. Joe Biden, U.S. Senator and candidate for President (1988).  Plagiarism.  He withdrew from the 1988 presidential race after being discovered "delivering, without attribution, passages from a speech by British Labor party leader Neil Kinnock... a serious plagiarism incident involving Biden during his law school years; the senator's boastful exaggerations of his academic record at a New Hampshire campaign event; and the discovery of other quotations in Biden's speeches pilfered from past Democratic politicians."  He's still a Senator, and back in the race for 2008.
  10. Jayson Blair, The New York Times (2003).  Lying/fabricating.  He fabricated parts or all of at least 36 stories.  He, along with his bosses Gerald Boyd and Howell Raines, resigned from the NYT.
  11. The Boston Globe  (2004).  Fake photos, fake story.  The Boston Globe published pictures alleging U.S. troops raped Iraqi women.  The pictures turned out to be commercially available pornography.
  12. Paul Bradley Richmond Times-Dispatch (2006).  Lying/fabricating.  Made up his story on reactions to President Bush's speech on immigration.  He fabricated interviews.  He reported on an event in the first person, yet he was not even in the same town.  He was fired.
  13. Rick Bragg, The New York Times (2003).  "Drive-by" reporting.  "Bragg's defense -- that it is common for Times correspondents to slip in and out of cities to ‘get the dateline' while relying on the work of stringers, researchers, interns and clerks -- has sparked more passionate disagreement than the clear-cut fraud and plagiarism committed by Blair. The issue, put starkly, is whether readers are being misled about how and where a story was reported." He resigned.
  14. Fox Butterfield, New York Times (2000). Lying/fabricating and plagiarism.  In 2003, a federal jury ruled that "the New York Times and one of its reporters libeled an Ohio Supreme Court justice" in an article published April 13, 2000.  The jury found that the article was "not substantially true".  He also "had lifted material from a story in The Boston Globe while reporting, ironically, on plagiarism by a Boston University dean".
  15. Thom (2005).  Conflict of interest.  He profited by selling stocks shortly after giving them positive write-ups in his newsletter.  The SEC brought suit against him, which was settled.
  16. Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid.  Lying, plagiarism, bias.  His book was so full of errors, including doctored maps, that his chief collaborator, Kenneth Stein of Emory University, resigned his position with the Carter Center.  Carter's book was condemned by Alan Dershowitz and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, among others.
  17. CBS, Dan Rather, Mary Mapes (2004).  Fell for fake documents.  CBS used forged documents from a non-credible source in claiming George W. Bush received favored treatment in the Air National Guard.
  18. Chris Cecil,  Cartersville Daily News (2005).  Plagiarism.  "The associate managing editor of a small Georgia newspaper was fired for plagiarizing articles by a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald, including copying a passage about his mother's battle with cancer.  Chris Cecil, 28, was fired from The Daily Tribune News of Cartersville on Thursday after the Herald pointed out six to eight columns written since March that contained portions from work by Leonard Pitts Jr."
  19. Philip Chien, Wired News (2006).  Lying/fabricating.  He made up sources and quotes in at least three articles.  Wired withdrew the stories.
  20. Ward Churchill, Chairman of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado. Lying and plagiarism. He lied about his credentials and ethnic background to get a job in the first place. His "research" was laden with fabricated evidence, plagiarism and referencing his own previous writings under pseudonyms. He is worthy of Mary McCarthy's quote about Lillian Hellman: "Every word (s)he writes is a lie, including ‘and' and ‘the'." He was fired.
  21. CNN, Operation Tailwind, CNN NewsStand (1998).  Lying/fabricating.  The televised special claimed that the U.S. military used nerve gas in a mission to kill American defectors in Laos during the Vietnam War, but the story had no factual support.  CNN later retracted the story.
  22. CNN and Eason Jordan (2003).  Admitted bias, slanting the news.  Eason Jordan, CNN's news chief, admitted that CNN withheld reporting on Saddam Hussein's atrocities so as to continue getting favored treatment from Saddam.
  23. Janet Cooke, Washington Post (1980-1981), Pulitzer Prize winner.  Lying/fabricating.  Her series on "Jimmy's World" about an 8-year-old heroin addict was totally made up.  
  24. Katie Couric, "Katie Couric's Notebook," (2007).  Plagiarism.  In the first place, her blog is largely written by someone else.  That someone else copied material from The Wall Street Journal, without attribution.
  25. The Daily Egyptian   (2005).  Fell for hoax.  This student newspaper wrote a series about the family of a soldier in Iraq who subsequently died, except that the whole thing was made up.
  26. Allan Detrich, The Toledo Blade (2007).  Doctored photos.  He submitted 79 photographs that were altered.  "The changes Mr. Detrich made included erasing people, tree limbs, utility poles, electrical wires, electrical outlets, and other background elements from photographs.  In other cases, he added elements such as tree branches and shrubbery."  He resigned.
  27. Stephen Dunphy, Seattle Times associate editor and business columnist (2004).  Plagiarism.  He used significant quotes (e.g., seven paragraphs at a time) from other sources on multiple occasions.  He resigned.
  28. Walter Duranty, The New York Times (1930s), Pulitzer Prize winner.  Lying.  This man visited Stalin's Russia and wrote that nothing untoward was happening there -- no famine, etc.  In fact, up to 10 million people died in the Ukraine famine.  His writings matched Russian propaganda almost exactly.  His Pulitzer Prize still stands.
  29. Joseph Ellis, professor at Mount Holyoke College and historian/author (2001), Pulitzer Prize winner.  Lying.  He falsely claimed military service in Vietnam and incorporated his war "experiences" into his college courses on "The Vietnam War and American Culture".  Mount Holyoke censured him and suspended him without pay for one year.
  30. Jacob Epstein, novelist (1980).  Plagiarism.  "Jacob Epstein, responding to charges that he had plagiarized from Martin Amis's The Rachel Papers for his first novel, Wild Oats, has apologized, admitting that he had indeed copied passages and images from Mr. Amis, and from other writers, as well."
  31. Diana Griego Erwin , Sacramento Bee (2005), lying/fabricating.  The Bee was "unable to verify the existence of 43 people she named in her columns".  She resigned.
  32. Hassan Fattah, New York Times (2006).  Fell for a hoax.  Did a front page story about the man in one of the famous Abu Ghraib photos.  But it turned out that the man who claimed to be the one in the picture, who provided details for the story, was not the one in the picture at all.
  33. James Forlong, Sky News (2003).  Fake story, fake footage.  He presented footage from a missile test as actual combat in Iraq.  He subsequently committed suicide.
  34. Jay Forman, Slate (2001).  Fake story.  He wrote an article describing the fictitious sport of Monkey Fishing as real.  Slate later published an apology and admitted details were fictitious.   
  35. James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, Oprah Book Club.  Lying.  Virtually the entire "nonfiction memoir" of his vomit-caked years as an alcoholic, drug addict, and criminal was fabricated.
  36. Michael Gallagher, The Cincinnati Enquirer (1998).  Information theft.  "Mike Gallagher had illegally tapped into Chiquita's voice mail system and used information he obtained as a result in stories questioning Chiquita's business practices in Latin America."  The paper agreed to pay Chiquita Brands International over $10 million and run an apology on the front page three times.
  37. Stephen Glass, The New Republic (1998).  Lying.  "Glass, a 25-year-old rising star at The New Republic, wrote dozens of high-profile articles for a number of national publications in which he made things up...he made up people, places and events. He made up organizations and quotations. Sometimes, he made up entire articles.  And to back it all up, he created fake notes, fake voicemails, fake faxes, even a fake Web site - whatever it took to deceive his editors, not to mention hundreds of thousands of readers."  He was fired.
  38. Jacqueline Gonzalez, San Antonio Express News (2007).  Plagiarism.  She admitted "she used, without attribution, information from a Web site for a Christmas Day column. Later research uncovered further examples of plagiarism in two other columns."
  39. Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian/author (2002).  Plagiarism.  Large portions of her book, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, were lifted from multiple other sources without attribution.  She took a leave of absence from PBS.
  40. Adnan Hajj, Reuters (2006).  Doctored photos.  He doctored dozens of pictures of the 2006 Lebanon-Israel conflict.  Reuters later withdrew all 920 of his photos from sale.
  41. Alex Haley (1977) , Pulitzer Prize winning author of Roots.  Plagiarism.  He settled a lawsuit for $650,000, admitting that large passages of Roots were copied from the book The African by Harold Courlander.
  42. Mark Halperin, ABC News (2004). Admitted bias. He wrote a memo to news staff telling them to hold George Bush to a stricter standard than John Kerry: "Kerry distorts, takes out of context, and makes] mistakes all the time, but these are not central to his efforts to win. We have a responsibility to hold both sides accountable to the public interest, but that doesn't mean we reflexively and artificially hold both sides ‘equally' accountable when the facts don't warrant that."
  43. Jack Hitt, New York Times (2006).  Lying, or at least really sloppy research.  He wrote a story about a woman in El Salvador who was sentenced to prison for having an abortion when she was 18 weeks pregnant.  It turned out that "her child was carried to term, was born alive and died in its first minutes of life."  In short, her crime was infanticide, not abortion.
  44. Houston Chronicle, Light Rail Controversy (2002).  Admitted bias.  An internal memo outlined how the paper would promote the light rail project in Houston and do research into Tom Delay and other light rail opponents.  That would be creating the news rather than reporting it.
  45. Eason JordanCNN (2005).  False accusations.  He accused U.S. forces in Iraq of deliberately targeting and killing journalists.  He apologized and resigned.
  46. Jack Kelley , USA Today (2004).  Lying.  USA Today concluded of "the star" of its news staff: "Jack Kelley's dishonest reporting dates back at least as far as 1991."
  47. Jesse MacBeth, anti-war star (2006).  Lying/fabricating.  "Jesse MacBeth stoked opposition to the Iraq war in 2006 when he spoke out about atrocities he committed as a U.S. Army Ranger serving as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  MacBeth, 23, of Tacoma, claimed to have killed more than 200 people, many at close range, some as they prayed in a mosque.  He spoke at an anti-war rally in Tacoma and appeared in a 20-minute anti-war video that circulated widely on the Internet.  Trouble is, none of MacBeth's claims was true."
  48. Rigoberta Menchu, author of I, Rigoberta (1983), Nobel Peace Prize winner (1992).  Lying/fabricating.  She claimed her autobiographical book "is the story of all poor Guatemalans. My personal experience is the reality of a whole people."   However, "Menchú augmented her own story with that of the Indians of Guatemala generally, reporting experiences she either did not have or could not have witnessed and misrepresenting the violent history of her area of Guatemala to support her own cause as a Guatemalan guerrilla organizer."
  49. Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher (2006).  Lying.  He admitted to fabricating a story in his younger reporting days.
  50. NBC, Waiting to Explode segment on Dateline NBC (1992).  Faking evidence and footage.  NBC demonstrated the explosive danger of GM trucks' gas tanks by showing one actually explode in what appeared to be normal circumstances.  "NBC said the truck's gas tank had ruptured, yet an X ray showed it hadn't; NBC consultants set off explosive miniature rockets beneath the truck split seconds before the crash -- yet no one told the viewers."
  51. Christopher Newton, Associated Press (2002).  Lying.  "The Associated Press accused Washington bureau reporter Christopher Newton of journalistic fraud last month and sacked him. The AP alleges that in at least 40 of the many hundred stories Newton wrote for the wire service between Jan. 13, 2000, and Sept. 8, 2002, Newton quoted sources who appear not to exist."
  52. NPR, CNN and others on the "Jenin massacre" (2002).  CNN reported:  "There's almost a massacre now taking place in Jenin.  Helicopter gun ships are throwing missiles at one square kilometer packed with almost 15,000 people in a refugee camp . . . This is a war crime, clear war crime."  However, the actual "death toll was 56 Palestinians, the majority of them combatants, and 23 Israeli soldiers."
  53. Reuters, Lebanon coverage (2006).  Fake/staged photos.  A burning tire dump as the scene of an Israeli bombing, Photoshopped bomb smoke, etc. during the Lebanon-Israel conflict.
  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.
  55. Tim Ryan, Honolulu Star-Bulletin (2006).  Plagiarism.  This entertainment reporter wrote multiple articles with words lifted from other sources without attribution.  He was fired.
  56. Eric Slater, Los Angeles Times (2005). Inaccuracy and plagiarism. "The LA Times ran a lengthy Editor's Note that outlines the inaccuracies, ‘substandard' reporting methods and unverifiable quotes in two stories by reporter Eric Slater." He was fired.
  57. Patricia Smith, Boston Globe (1998), Pulitzer Prize finalist.  Lying/fabricating  "An award-winning metro columnist for The Boston Globe resigned Thursday after being asked to leave by the paper's editor, who said she admitted to fabricating people and quotes in four columns this year."  "I attributed quotes to people who didn't exist."
  58. Barbara Stewart, Boston Globe (2005).  Lying/fabricating.  "The Boston Globe acknowledged yesterday publishing a partially fabricated story by a freelance reporter about a Canadian seal hunt that had not taken place."
  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.
  60. Jim Van Vliet, Sacramento Bee (2005).  Misrepresentation and plagiarism.  "The reporter watched the game on television at a location away from the stadium.  He filed his story without telling editors at The Bee his true location, leaving the impression he covered the game from the ballpark.  In addition, it was discovered later that the story included quotes from other media outlets that were unattributed and old, made to reporters on a previous occasion before the day of the game."  He no longer works there.
  61. Brian Walski, The Los Angeles Times (2003).  Doctored photos.  The LA Times admitted that it "published a front-page photograph that had been altered in violation of Times policy."
  62. Bob Wisehart, Sacramento Bee (1994).  Plagiarism.  "Sacramento Bee editor Gregory Favre fired TV columnist Bob Wisehart the second time he plagiarized. For the first offense, Wisehart got a five-month suspension even though his plagiarism involved hundreds of words taken from Stephen King's book Danse Macabre for a television column about horror shows."
I conclude with a few observations.

If I missed any, or if there is a better list out there, let me know.

Randall Hoven is an engineer living in Illinois.  He can be reached at

It's Not Just Scott Beauchamp (II)

[See also: It's Not Just Scott Beauchamp (I)]

Without too much extra effort, it was fairly easy to add 21 more names to the "Media Hall of Shame" list, bringing the total to 83. With more effort, I'm sure the total list could easily double.  But I will stop here, for now anyway, because I think you get the idea (and this can be time consuming!).

I need to acknowledge two corrections to the original list: it is "Rigoberta" Menchu, not "Rigoberto"; she is female.  Also, Ward Churchill resigned his position as the Ethnic Studies department chair in 2005, but was fired by Colorado University in 2007 after a more complete investigation.

I should add that there were many "honorable mentions" that I was uncomfortable adding to the list.  Some cases, like the reporting of Walter Cronkite and others on the Viet Nam war, especially the Tet Offensive, reporting on Haditha, the Swift Boaters, etc., were just too complicated to wrap up easily.  For cases that require a deeper analysis, try

I also tried to include only examples that had fairly unambiguous resolutions, such as a reporter getting fired, officially disciplined, resigning, or successfully sued.  Plagiarism in particular has shades of gray.  If held to a very strict standard, it seems almost everyone who has written anything has committed plagiarism at some time.  I did not want to dilute the power of the list by including questionable cases.

Yet I'm sure some will think some of the cases are questionable.  Jimmy Carter, for example, still defends his book.  All I can say is start your search engines and hold on.  I became convinced that every case in the list at least passes the "preponderance of the evidence" level of proof, if not "beyond a reasonable doubt".

23 posted on 04/03/2008 9:41:27 AM PDT by Milhous (Gn 22:17 your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies)
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To: devolve; george76; kristinn; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; MeekOneGOP; Grampa Dave
I think devolve's AP gif slideshow is a perfect example of media's blatant misrepresentation;

24 posted on 04/03/2008 10:34:57 AM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch


That is a good one.

25 posted on 04/03/2008 11:17:19 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: potlatch

Thanks potlatch

Version 2.0:

26 posted on 04/03/2008 2:39:34 PM PDT by devolve (------- --------The Wright Stuff? -----Obama is TYPICAL!)
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To: devolve

Lol, version 101 just didn’t do it huh?? Nice to see you post.

27 posted on 04/03/2008 4:59:46 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch


I did that tricky blended 2nd frame from a morphing experiment that was not that great - but I got a great 2nd frame or text over the darker and muted 1st frame

I thought you’d remember that one

28 posted on 04/03/2008 7:38:55 PM PDT by devolve (------- --------The Wright Stuff? -----Obama is TYPICAL!)
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To: devolve

[I thought you’d remember that one]

You were ‘gone’ and I thought of posting your graphic so I looked at all you had. I ended up with the Kodachrome.gif. When I looked at the AP.gif it was small but when you expand it it looks good.

Lol, one listed under that name is a spacer gif!

29 posted on 04/03/2008 7:46:10 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch; devolve
"I think devolve's AP gif slideshow is a perfect example of media's blatant misrepresentation;"

I couldn't agree with you more, potlatch.
It's still one of his very best.

30 posted on 04/03/2008 9:26:31 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Renegade conservative, now registered as a 'Rat, in support of Operation Chaos.)
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To: dixiechick2000; devolve

Yes it is and he posts it bigger and better than I do.

31 posted on 04/03/2008 9:30:49 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch; devolve

He posts it bigger, but you did good, too. ;o)

It’s a wonderful photo essay that captures the treasonous drive-by media at their “finest”.

32 posted on 04/03/2008 9:43:46 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Renegade conservative, now registered as a 'Rat, in support of Operation Chaos.)
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To: andyandval

Does anyone else see the resemblance of this “woman” to Bagdad Bob? His sister maybe?

33 posted on 04/04/2008 11:09:15 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: kristinn
Kristinn, Here is my nomination for the most uncovered story of the decade. It is the story of an elderly man in Kabul who, at the risk of death, spent a year making a rug for President Bush to express his gratitude for liberating the Afghan people from the Taliban. A rug merchant managed to get it brought back to the US through one of our special ops guys.

As best I can determine, the only coverage of this story has been in a little Illinois paper where the serviceman lives. The enemedia was not about to let the American people know that anyone in the world considers President Bush, in the elderly man's words, "Number One Champion."

Here is one of our military heroes, Grayson Gile, with the rug.

34 posted on 04/05/2008 9:06:44 AM PDT by freespirited (Misery loves company. That's why liberals were created.)
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; ...

kristinn posted another thread and didn't ping single %$#@! DC Chapter member again?

After all, it IS the %#@$! DC Chapter that's going to be attending this thing!

35 posted on 04/15/2008 5:24:47 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: freespirited

The Day in the Life of President Bush thread had great pics of that rug. It is beautiful and the story was a tear jerker.

36 posted on 04/15/2008 7:07:05 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: mnehrling

Can’t remember the time or the culprit, but I remember that some FReeper figured out that a widely used photo of a supposed US attack on a civilian target in Iraq was ‘shopped as it had a perfectly symmetrical smoke plume. And who can forget the many times that an immaculate Mickey Mouse and other toys suddenly appeared in the rubble of terrorists hideouts that our guys had taken out? Some FReeper even posted photos of the guy with a suitcase full of toys who was staging the fake pics.

37 posted on 04/15/2008 8:11:17 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Position Wanted: Expd Rep voter looking for a party that is actually conservative.)
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To: BufordP

Thanks for the ping!

38 posted on 04/15/2008 8:12:27 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: kristinn
Every day's worth of New York Times headlines is a tie...

39 posted on 04/15/2008 8:40:48 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
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To: BufordP
The HADITHA MARINE sabotage by Time Ragazine and Tim McJirk should be exposed for the treacherous scum that they are.

They have destroyed the lives of 8 of our Marines and have not offered a penny to pay for their defense. Nevermind that 5 have been completely exonerated! They have also cost the taxpayers millions of dollars in the prosecution of the show trials. With any luck at all the "story" will also destroy the life of at least one disgusting commie b-turd that has lived his very comfortable life at the taxpayer's expense.

Then there is the Washington ComPost and their egregiously biased AND timed AND withheld to give maximum political advantage or cause maximum political damage hit piece on Walter Reed Army Medical Center by that beacon of truth and light, Dana Priest and her commie cohort Anne Hull.

All in a days work to destroy the long and admiral service of another fine General and all those caught in the cross fire while adding additional stress to our wounded warriors.

I think this should be done on a per year basis. There are just too many to chose from with a time frame of 1999 through 2008. Just my $.02

40 posted on 04/15/2008 8:59:07 AM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: BufordP
GM, Buford,

fwiw, he didn't ping the SC chaper either.


free dixie,sw

41 posted on 04/15/2008 9:13:52 AM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to tyrants is OBEDIENCE to God. Thomas Jefferson, 1804)
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To: stand watie
...he didn't ping the SC chapter either.

YEAH! That too!

42 posted on 04/15/2008 9:20:27 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: BufordP
i'd guess that Kristinn is "falling down on the job", huh??? ====> CHUCKLE!!!

free dixie,sw

43 posted on 04/15/2008 9:23:23 AM PDT by stand watie (Resistance to tyrants is OBEDIENCE to God. Thomas Jefferson, 1804)
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To: stand watie; kristinn
Truth be told, I wouldn't trust the guidance and leadership of the DC Chapter to anyone else. Who else wants it?

But for crying out loud, how hard is it to ping the thread to the chapter list? That's all I'm sayin'.

The only reason this thread got pinged to the list today by me was because I heard about it from someone else, who heard about it from someone else, who heard about it from a %$#@*! little birdie.

44 posted on 04/15/2008 9:30:52 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: stand watie; kristinn

P.S. Then I had to go hunt for it!

45 posted on 04/15/2008 9:33:31 AM PDT by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: andyandval

I guess if you throw them, it’s easier to sneak up on your targets, right?

46 posted on 04/15/2008 9:55:17 AM PDT by gogeo (Democrats want to support the troops by accusing them of war crimes.)
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To: FreedomPoster

Dan Rather has body odor.

47 posted on 04/15/2008 12:49:37 PM PDT by YourAdHere (Ramos and Compean are guilty.)
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To: Just A Nobody

admiral = admirable DUH!

48 posted on 04/15/2008 2:10:05 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: BufordP

good catch, BufordP!

Thank goodness we have you to watch his six!

49 posted on 04/15/2008 6:43:20 PM PDT by AprilfromTexas
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To: BufordP

Thanks for the ping, BufordP!

Now Bump to the Top of the List!

FReep On!

50 posted on 04/15/2008 8:21:56 PM PDT by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (Hillary's Vast Rt Wg Conspiracy))
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