In Citizen Kane Charles Foster Kane hires all the best writers which he sends to cover the Spanish American war who sends a telegram explaining there is no war and all he could do is write prose poems about the scenery in Cuba. Kane replies to his writer that he can write the prose and Kane would provide the war. Kane is trying to sway his readers by using his writing staff to develop a fictional story with the real description of Cuba where his journalist is staying.
Yellow journalism still happens today. An example is Jayson Blair former New York Times writer who was at the time covering the D.C. Sniper and guised his yellow journalism as watchdog journalism. He lifted material from other articles and plagiarized. Blair’s article on the D.C. sniper itself made accusations for events that did not occur and quoted quotes from the Washing Post and made up several false quotes himself. Blair also used information he promised his source it was off the record. It was San Antonio Express-News watchdog reporting that put Blair’s yellow journalism under investigation. Backlash of Blair’s exploits lead to a domino effect of terminations after his resignation Blair himself were his editor , the editor in chief
On April 28, 2003, Blair received a call from Times national editor Jim Roberts asking him about similarities between a story he had written two days earlier and one written by San Antonio Express-News reporter Macarena Hernandez on April 18. Hernandez had a summer internship at The Times years earlier and had worked alongside Blair. The senior editor of the San Antonio Express-News contacted The Times about close similarities between Blair's article and a story penned by his reporter, Hernandez. The resulting inquiry led to the discovery of fabrication and plagiarism in a number of articles Blair had written. Some untruths include Blair's claims to have traveled from New York to the city mentioned in the byline, when he did not. Some of the suspect articles include the following:
In the October 30, 2002, piece "US Sniper Case Seen as a Barrier to a Confession," Blair wrote that a dispute between police authorities had ruined the interrogation of suspect John Muhammad and that Muhammad was about to confess, quoting unnamed officials. This was swiftly denied by everyone involved. Blair also named certain lawyers, who were not present, as having witnessed the interrogation. •
In the February 10, 2003, piece "Peace and Answers Eluding Victims of the Sniper Attacks," Blair claimed to be in Washington, plagiarized quotations from a Washington Post story, and fabricated quotations from a person he had not interviewed. Blair ascribed a wide range of facts to a man featured in the article, almost all of which the man in question denied. Blair also published information that he had promised was off the record. •
In the March 3, 2003, piece "Making Sniper Suspect Talk Puts Detective in Spotlight," Blair claimed to be in Fairfax, Virginia. He described a videotape of Lee Malvo, the younger defendant in the case, being questioned by police and quoted officials' review of the tape. No such tape existed. Blair also claimed a detective noticed blood on a man's jeans leading to a confession, which did not occur. •
In the March 27, 2003, piece "Relatives of Missing Soldiers Dread Hearing Worse News," Blair again pretended to be in West Virginia and plagiarized quotations from an Associated Press article. He claimed to have spoken to one relative who had no recollection of meeting Blair, said "tobacco fields and cattle pastures" were visible from Lynch's parents' house when they were not, erroneously stated that Lynch's brother was in the National Guard, misspelled Lynch's mother's name, and fabricated a dream that he claimed she had had. •
In the April 3, 2003, piece "Rescue in Iraq and a ‘Big Stir' in West Virginia," Blair claimed to have covered the Jessica Lynch story from her home town of Palestine,...
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