By the end of last summer, I was worn out.
It seemed like every week brought a new, awful incident of plagiarism or fabrication at news organizations large and small. My job was to write about all of them, to try and get more information about what happened and why, and to make sense of what was taking place.
A lot of the time I was rebuffed by senior newsroom staffers when asking for more information or basic disclosure.
Why I was expending so much effort when it seemed no one wanted to talk about what was going on? I was frustrated, and I channeled that into a post called “Journalism’s Summer of Sin marked by plagiarism, fabrication, obfuscation”, which listed every recent known incident and called out newsroom leaders for being unwilling to engage and show accountability.
“When the worst happens at a news organization, wagons are circled, stonewalls erected,” I said. Read more