The Intercept revealed that a former reporter made up sources and fabricated quotes for the news website, including even creating fake email accounts and impersonating his editor.
In a post to readers Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed disclosed that former employee Juan Thompson’s “reporting turned up three instances in which quotes were attributed to people who said they had not been interviewed…quotes were attributed to individuals [The Intercept] could not reach, who could not remember speaking with him, or whose identities could not be confirmed.”
The news outlet has decided not to remove the stories from its website but instead label the affected articles as “Retracted” or “Corrected.” One story that was entirely retracted centers on an interview with Dylann Roof’s — the white supremacist who shot up a Charleston, South Carolina Church — cousin, Scott Roof, who suggested that Roof may have been motivated to massacre the historically black church because “he kind of went over the edge when a girl he liked starting dating a black guy two years back.” After further investigation, it was discovered that no such “Scott” exists.
The news screams volumes about the credibility of journalism today.
The Intercept is a highly respected publication founded by renowned journalist Glenn Greenwald. The news website boasts accurate reporting and is regarded as a trusted media source yet this recent development implies otherwise. When news organizations like this one fail readers, it is no wonder the public never trusts the media.
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