Wednesday, March 15, 2006

It takes a Village Voice editor to fabricate a story...

More journalists behaving badly.

Acting EIC Doug Simmons leaves the Village Voice after admitting to fabricating parts of a story, the Associated Press reports. The AP story says the VV slid the announcement out on its Web site, with a brief note literally scrawled on napkin. No reason given -- just, he's gone.

Gotta love the NY Post -- only they would have the guts to run this headline: Boss At Voice Axed for Lax Facts.


Over at trade pub Editor & Publisher they're apparently trying to maintain some objectivity and refuse to jump to conclusions, headlining it: Village Voice Editor Departs -- Partly Fabricated Story The Cause?

Uh, duh.

Reporters are human. They make mistakes. But one of the unpardonable sins in journalism is fabricating a story or any part of it. The VV ought to fess up, take its lumps and work to ensure it doesn't happen again.

It's only their credbility on the line here.

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