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   69 people vanish without a trace on Cape Cod-- Local woman is suspected but released

05 Dec 2012 01:14 PM   |   23968 clicks   |   Cape Cod Times
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Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  
Good job Cape Cod Times. Not only did they fully apologize for letting their readers down, but named and shamed the reporter too. Some publications would have just fired the reporter and said nothing, but you did the right thing.

05 Dec 2012 12:59 PM
Dogberry     
Shattered.

05 Dec 2012 01:08 PM
Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
There is an implied contract between a newspaper and its readers. The paper prints the truth

Now THAT'S funny.

05 Dec 2012 01:11 PM
walkerhound     

Marcus Aurelius: There is an implied contract between a newspaper and its readers. The paper prints the truth

Now THAT'S funny.


05 Dec 2012 01:16 PM
Surly U. Jest     
So she a fiction writer.

05 Dec 2012 01:17 PM
meh.     
Andre Linoge?

I guess they didn't give him what he wanted.

05 Dec 2012 01:18 PM
KarmicDisaster    [TotalFark]  
She should have no trouble getting a job at FOX then.

05 Dec 2012 01:19 PM
BronyMedic     
Journalistic Integrity or not, she's still a better writer than Stephany Meyers.

05 Dec 2012 01:19 PM
JackieRabbit     
Is she related to spentmiles?

05 Dec 2012 01:22 PM
Madbassist1     
"'I looked at my wife. She looked back at me. We had the same guilty thought - Veterans Day - and we thought nothing about it except as a long weekend on the Cape until we saw that,' said Chipman, 46, a Boston resident. 'You live in the city and sometimes you forget about things like this - about things still mattering to people,' he said."

The editor didnt realize that real people do not speak in this manner? They ought to fire her too.

05 Dec 2012 01:24 PM
Eddie Adams from Torrance    [TotalFark]  
Heywood Jablome wanted for questioning.

05 Dec 2012 01:24 PM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  
I thought it was going to be this woman:

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05 Dec 2012 01:24 PM
xxmedium     
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That's tonight. Only on CBS.

05 Dec 2012 01:24 PM
doczoidberg     

Madbassist1: "'I looked at my wife. She looked back at me. We had the same guilty thought - Veterans Day - and we thought nothing about it except as a long weekend on the Cape until we saw that,' said Chipman, 46, a Boston resident. 'You live in the city and sometimes you forget about things like this - about things still mattering to people,' he said."

The editor didnt realize that real people do not speak in this manner? They ought to fire her too.



That read like a quote from a Stephen King novel.

05 Dec 2012 01:25 PM
xxmedium     

Arkanaut: I thought it was going to be this woman:

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DAMN YOOOOU

05 Dec 2012 01:25 PM
John Redcorn     
Hey, anybody else find it funny she stopped at 69? Huh?

69!

05 Dec 2012 01:26 PM
stickandmove     
Does this mean Gene Masseth is no longer available for comment?

05 Dec 2012 01:26 PM
JoeyJoJo     

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Heywood Jablome wanted for questioning.


and his snow shoveling buddy, Gene Masseth

05 Dec 2012 01:27 PM
Devolving_Spud     

KarmicDisaster: She should have no trouble getting a job at FOX then.


She's not bimbo enough.

05 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
HST's Dead Carcass    [TotalFark]  
Imagine the outrage if Fox News had to supply all the sources for their questions of things like: Is Obama going to ruin America? Some people think so...

05 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
This text is now purple     

KarmicDisaster: She should have no trouble getting a job at FOX then.


Seems more like the NYT type.

05 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
xant     

Bathia_Mapes: Good job Cape Cod Times. Not only did they fully apologize for letting their readers down, but named and shamed the reporter too. Some publications would have just fired the reporter and said nothing, but you did the right thing.


They do employee fact-checkers, as evidenced by the description of them doing some fact-checking on her. However, that should probably have happened before they published her bullshiat. Fact-checking, how does it work?

05 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
olddinosaur     
I find it highly unusual anyone would bother to check newspaper stories for accuracy any more.

I do not believe anything I see in the media at face value, I do not know anyone who does.

At least, if she has proven she can lie persuasively in the newspaper, she has qualified herself for a high paying job on television.

05 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
Mr. Right     
FTA: How did this happen? Or more important, how did we allow this to happen?

That's easy. Your editors are just as lazy as your reporters. Next question.

05 Dec 2012 01:29 PM
Mr.Hawk     

JoeyJoJo: Eddie Adams from Torrance: Heywood Jablome wanted for questioning.

and his snow shoveling buddy, Gene Masseth


Here we go again

05 Dec 2012 01:29 PM
Bill_Wick's_Friend     
All those people didn't disappear. They're in the Washington DC projects shooting up with an 8 year old heroin addict named "Jimmy".

/pulitzer

05 Dec 2012 01:29 PM
wildcardjack     
She's making stuff up for human interest stories...

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05 Dec 2012 01:30 PM
Pockafrusta     
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05 Dec 2012 01:31 PM
BigNumber12     
Broads don't belong in broadcasting.

05 Dec 2012 01:33 PM
KellyX     
They should check to see if an old sail based coastguard vessel disappeared too, last reported to be captained by a black woman that was into samurai swords and known lesbian...

/just saying

05 Dec 2012 01:35 PM
doubled99     
CROATON

05 Dec 2012 01:35 PM
Evil Mackerel     
It was the same aliens that took the Roanoke Colony, they needed fresh slaves.

05 Dec 2012 01:35 PM
walkerhound     

John Redcorn: Hey, anybody else find it funny she stopped at 69? Huh?

69!


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05 Dec 2012 01:35 PM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  

xxmedium: Arkanaut: I thought it was going to be this woman:

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DAMN YOOOOU


Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!

05 Dec 2012 01:36 PM
exparrot     

doubled99: CROATON


/there it is

05 Dec 2012 01:36 PM
Ebenator    [TotalFark]  
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05 Dec 2012 01:36 PM
Magorn    [TotalFark]  
eh. Sounds like the paper just plagairized this:
The New Republic's Apology To Our Readers: A Report
TNR has completed its investigation of the articles written by Stephen Glass, the former associate editor whom we dismissed for fabricating three recent stories and parts of a fourth. We thoroughly rechecked 37 remaining pieces; as a final step, we sought comment from Glass, who made further admissions.
We believe that each of the following articles by Glass contains at least some fabricated material: "All Wet" (February 16, 1998), "Clutch Situation" (February 16, 1998), "Gift of the Magnate" (January 26, 1998), "State of Nature" (January 19, 1998), "Ratted Out" (December 22, 1997), "Anatomy of a Policy Fraud" (November 17, 1997), "No Free Launch" (November 3, 1997), "Kicked Out" (October 20, 1997), "Cheap Suits" (October 6, 1997), "The Young and the Feckless" (September 8 & 15, 1997), "Déjà Coup" (August 11 & 18, 1997), "Low Blows" (August 4, 1997), "Peddling Poppy" (June 9, 1997), "After the Fall" (May 26, 1997), "A Fine Mess" (April 21, 1997), "The Jungle" (April 7, 1997), "Spring Breakdown" (March 31, 1997), "Writing on the Wall" (March 24, 1997), "Don't You D.A.R.E." (March 3, 1997), "Rock the Morons" (February 10, 1997), "Holy Trinity" (January 27, 1997), "Probable Claus" (January 6 & 13, 1997), "Hazardous to Your Mental Health" (December 30, 1996).
Though no degree of fabrication is acceptable, we note that the amount of such material in these articles varies widely. Three of them ("All Wet," "Clutch Situation," "Ratted Out") could be considered entirely or nearly entirely made up. In a few other cases, the false material consists of brief anecdotes or quotations in an otherwise broadly factual story.
The usual pattern, which the following examples may illustrate, is a blend of fact and fiction. "Anatomy of a Policy Fraud" consists largely of valid reporting about the Clinton administration's approach to cutting crime. But it also cites made-up sources such as the "Cops & Justice Foundation"; a supposed Republican poll on crime; "Donny Tye, a former California police officer"; and a "senior Justice staffer."
To cite another instance, "Don't you D.A.R.E.": It is true that some of the anti-drug program's critics have felt pressured to soften or change their views. But Glass fabricated some of the persons who purportedly had negative experiences with D.A.R.E., including "Daniel, a young professor at an Illinois college" and "James, a television news producer." Also invented are an "NBC employee" and a "Justice Department official" to whom Glass attributed information.
In "Peddling Poppy," Glass's account of a Hofstra University conference on the Bush presidency, "The First Church of George Herbert Walker Christ," "Mary Ung" of the "Committee for the Former President's Integrity," and "a small skydiving industry newsletter" called Jump Now are invented. Finally, in "Spring Breakdown," Glass's portrayal of a 1997 conservative political conference in a Washington hotel, Glass made up the article's accounts of drug use, drinking, and sexual harassment by young conference attendees.
We offer no excuses for any of this. Only our deepest apologies to all concerned.
The Editors

05 Dec 2012 01:38 PM
Ahkam     
Say it ain't so, Michael Lerner!

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05 Dec 2012 01:39 PM
notmtwain     

KarmicDisaster: She should have no trouble getting a job at FOX then.


That's funny... since the Cape Cod Times is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp (through Dow Jones).

05 Dec 2012 01:39 PM
Onkel Buck     
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maybe they were turned into chips!


/Got nothing
/DNRTFA

05 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
WarszawaScream     
More like "Local woman is suspected but let go", amirite Subby?

Get it? She lost her job?

05 Dec 2012 01:45 PM
Slaves2Darkness     
YES! My Erasonator is a complete success, it erases people right out of history.

05 Dec 2012 01:46 PM
Bungles     
Bah, my university essays had innumerable fictional books in the bibliography. "Douglas Wallace" wrote about everything from postmodern architecture to Elizabethan drama, depending on what quote invention an essay required. Usually he was published on university presses or journals that have a very patchy electronic databases.

You want to go hunt for that article on "Pre-Roman Animal Sexuality" professor, in the sub-library basement with all the 70s hard-copies of the Classics History Journal? Be my guest sir.

/got a First in both degrees, top of the year in one
//suck it, The Man

05 Dec 2012 01:46 PM
DontMakeMeComeBackThere     

stickandmove: Does this mean Gene Masseth is no longer available for comment?


To quote Captain America:

"Son, just don't."

05 Dec 2012 01:46 PM
ongbok     

KarmicDisaster: She should have no trouble getting a job at FOX then.


Came to say this.

But I wonder what caused them to check her sources after so long? It seems that she was just writing fluff pieces for a column buried on page 10. Doesn't seem that they would just start looking into her sources on a whim since she wasn't writing anything of any real consequence that probably wasn't paid much attention to. I betting somebody close to her that she pissed off dropped a dime to the paper that she was making all of her pieces up.

05 Dec 2012 01:47 PM
Jake Havechek     
Jerry Hall: Oh, I do some modeling, I wrote a book, and I'm into rock and roll.

Tommy Flanagan: Oh, yeah? I wrote a book about rock and roll. Yeah, it was about the guy who invented rock and roll. Yeah, that's it! In fact, it was.. it was an autobiography! Yeah!

05 Dec 2012 01:48 PM
cgraves67     
This is why I couldn't be a journalist. I discovered in school that my grades in english courses improved substantially when I started making shiat up on papers. My teachers didn't check my sources, they just ran it through google or whatever they use to detect plagarism. My lies were my own, completely original, and apparently more compelling to read than when I used real information.

The ironic thing is this: that kind of busywork is assigned in order to teach due diligence in research and source-citing, but my teachers weren't demonstrating due diligence any more than I was. If they had, I would've been caught.

05 Dec 2012 01:50 PM
billgulch     
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..approves of the resolution...

05 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
Snowflake Tubbybottom     
Often overheard muttering to herself "If I had walls, this is where they would be."

05 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
devilEther     
you can definitely count me as a 69 person

05 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
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