USA Today removes stories from reporter who made up sources

Friday, June 17, 2022 08:04 MYT

NEW YORK, June 17 — USA today said yesterday it removed 23 articles from its website after concluding that the journalist who wrote them fabricated sources.

The widely circulated US daily said that after receiving external requests for corrections, it investigated the work of journalist Gabriela Miranda and found that some of the people she quoted were not affiliated with the organizations she cited. claimed to represent and appeared to have been fabricated.

Other quotes she used could not be independently verified, USA today said.

“Therefore, USA today removed 23 articles from its website and other platforms for failing to meet our editorial standards,” the newspaper said.

Miranda, who covered “national trending news” according to his website, has resigned from the news organization, he said.

Journalism in the United States and elsewhere is periodically rocked by cases of journalists caught making up stories or quotes.

This was the case of Claas Relotius, star reporter of the German news magazine The Spiegelwho in 2018 was found to have made up details and quotes in several of his stories.

Jason Blair, young reporter for The New York Timesresigned in 2003 when the newspaper discovered “widespread fabrication and plagiarism” in his work purporting to cover major events such as the US-led war in Iraq.

And Janet Cooke won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for a story she wrote for The Washington Post but it was later found out to have been made up and she returned the award. —AFP

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