Journalists hall of infamy: People who got caught copying, fabricating…

Posted on March 17, 2012 By newsguide Topic: List, Business, Media, Journalism, Controversey, Simpleguide, Scandal

So, Mike Daisey might have fabricated some parts of Apple/Foxconn awful factories in China, that doesn’t deny the truth about the awful working conditions under which your shiny, over-priced, status-gizmos are made, and that the world’s richest company does nothing to improve things. Apple is indeed ‘thinking different’ – money is the only way to be ‘cool’ in this age. I am digressing, again.

Here is the version of the list of journalists caught copying or fabricating stories, or doing wrong stuff, starting with people who are currently top dogs in the current, highly dubious field of tech reporting:

1. Henry Blodget: Current founder of BusinessInsider group of blogs. Used to be an internet analyst for CIBC, and was banned from the securities industry for his dubious activity of touting stocks he did not like. His name is on top of the list, because a) he is very much active, and b) his sites have often been accused of over-aggregating from other sites.

2. David Pogue: Tech columnist for the New York Times. Dated an executive at a PR firm that represented companies that Pogue wrote about. Pogue famous defense: He claimed he's an entertainer, not a journalist. The thing about Mike Daisey is that he is actually not a reporter. He only wanted to bring out what was happening in Apple’s China factories.

3. Dan Rather: Resigned in the wake of Killian documents scandal, when memos about George Bush Jr’s military experience were found to be doubtful.

4. Stephen Glass: Fabricated a number of magazine articles in 1998 for The New Republic.

5. Jayson Blair: Plagiarized and fabricated stories while at the New York Times.

6. Janet Cooke: Fabricated a story for The Washington Post, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize.

7. Johann Eduard Hari: British journalist who admitted to plagiarism, and returned the prestigious Orwell prize in 2011.

8. Patricia Smith: Columnist for the Boston Globe who was found to have fabricated people, events, and quotes for her columns in 1997.

9. Michael "Mike" Barnicle: Also from the Boston Globe. Found to have fabricated and plagiarized stories in 1998.

10. Jack Kelley: Plagiarized stories while writing for USA Today (2004)

11. Christopher Newton: AP reporter who fabricated stories (2000)

12. Greg Mortenson: Infamous for fabricating parts of his memoir Three Cups of Tea, which is set in Afghanistan

13. Maureen Dowd: There is a minor charge against her – of having copied an entire sentence (yes, bloggers)

14. Arun Poorie: founder of “India Today” magazine in India, copied wholesale from Slate, for his “Letters from the editor” article.

15. V.N. Narayanan: Editor of Hindustan Times, copied from a British writer’s work (Brian Appleyard) in 1999.

16. Gautaman Bhaskaran: Writer with the Hindu newspaper, who copied from movie reviews in the New York Times.

Some more instances of Indian journalists copying can be found here.

Note: There is no point writing about habitual bad reporting from outfits such as highly partisan Fox News.

Also read List of Plagiarism controversies
Indian businessmen's hall of infamy
Indian politicians and their sex scandals


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