Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Another breach of trust

Journalistic ethics at the National Post may be in question.

In a story mysteriously filed under Arts, the CBC reports:

In a brief note to readers, the Post said it had discovered that medical reporter Brad Evenson had fabricated names and quotes.

The paper said nine articles dating back to December 2002 contained "quotes that were either the result of other conversations, internet exchanges or readings, but they were not made by the people cited."

Although the note does not say Evenson was fired, it indicated that his "articles have not appeared in the paper" since senior editors became aware that he had been making up material for his reports.

First the editorial opinions came under control. Now the facts.

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