Monday, December 31, 2012
The New York Times reports on yet another reporting scandal, this time at the Cape Cod Times. The editors have apologized to their readers concerning "longtime reporter Karen Jeffrey's" made-up human interest stories, some dating back to the late 1990s. Ms. Jeffrey is the latest in a line of reporters who have concocted facts or entire stories, sometimes for years, but have ultimately been caught, either by their editors or by journalists at other papers.
From the Hollywood Reporter: an independent report says the BBC is "completely incapable" of handling the Jimmy Savile situation. The late host was accused of sexually abusing youngsters with whom he came into contact; the BBC is accused of quashing an investigation into his activities. The affair has already caused fallout, including the new Director General of the BBC, George Entwhistle, who resigned after less than two months on the job.