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2012-12-05 02:48:22 PM  
1. The stories with suspect sourcing were typically lighter fare

(So, stuff that doesn't matter and no one cares about)

2. How did this happen? Or more important, how did we allow this to happen? It's a question we cannot satisfactorily answer.

See #1. Problem solved.

How am I so much smarter than the combined staff of this newspaper? Maybe they should do an expose on that.
 
2012-12-05 02:48:26 PM  

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


something tells me she is not slanted to the right..

/Kuddos to Cape Cod Times..
 
2012-12-05 02:49:47 PM  

enderthexenocide: now they can investigate all those advice columnists who clearly make up all the letters they get.


The letters printed in advice columns aren't fabricated by the columnists - they're fabricated by bored Farkers...
 
2012-12-05 02:52:48 PM  

Onkel Buck: [i1079.photobucket.com image 850x637]
maybe they were turned into chips!


/Got nothing
/DNRTFA


Cape Cod white cheddar popcorn is the bomb.
 
2012-12-05 02:54:21 PM  

Five Tails of Fury: I'm curious, but not curious enough to comply with their site wanting java turned on. Could someone please cut-and-paste please?


Five Tails of Fury: I'm curious, but not curious enough to comply with their site wanting java turned on. Could someone please cut-and-paste please?


Does that help? 

// You're welcome
 
2012-12-05 02:55:21 PM  

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

something tells me she is not slanted to the right..

/Kuddos to Cape Cod Times..


Cape Cod Times is owned by News Corp, so there goes that theory.
 
2012-12-05 02:56:40 PM  

notmtwain: Five Tails of Fury: I'm curious, but not curious enough to comply with their site wanting java turned on. Could someone please cut-and-paste please?

Five Tails of Fury: I'm curious, but not curious enough to comply with their site wanting java turned on. Could someone please cut-and-paste please?

Does that help? 

// You're welcome


copypasta?
 
2012-12-05 03:12:10 PM  

Quick Fixer: 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

Enh, as long as you're not using your degree to get a job building bridges, spaceships, cars, factories, buildings, or other things that real people trust with their lives, I'm not that interested in how you got your degree.

Just as long as you're cool with the fact that because of people like you, the companies that actually have people putting their lives in trust to them don't care about anyone with your degree.




And companies that actually make serious money delight in it, because lying and charm are the top earners.

/screw ethics, dive like Scrooge McDuck.
 
2012-12-05 03:13:44 PM  

notmtwain: Five Tails of Fury: I'm curious, but not curious enough to comply with their site wanting java turned on. Could someone please cut-and-paste please?

Five Tails of Fury: I'm curious, but not curious enough to comply with their site wanting java turned on. Could someone please cut-and-paste please?

Does that help? 

// You're welcome


facepalm.jpg
 
2012-12-05 03:15:12 PM  

CheetahOlivetti: Matthew Keene: I worked for a news department in a radio station many years back where it was expected to pull an occasional quote out of your ass to embellish the product. Why yes, we had a fake traffic copter, too.


[barfblog.com image 300x400]

Did you ever win a Buckeye News Hawk award?


No, but the local FAA office told us to stop faking like we had a copter.
 
2012-12-05 03:15:52 PM  

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

Now THAT'S funny.

 
2012-12-05 03:16:10 PM  
What? Dishonesty in the media? Say it's not so!

Cough cough a5.mzstatic.com cough
 
2012-12-05 03:18:38 PM  
FTFA: "We spot-checked work prior to 1998, when we relied on paper clips for archives, . . ."

img.timeinc.net
 
2012-12-05 03:29:06 PM  

ongbok: But I wonder what caused them to check her sources after so long?


RTFA.
In related news, the newspaper holds everyone's permanent record.
 
2012-12-05 03:30:14 PM  

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.



We've gone to war over similar bullshiat lies.

Maybe it's time that Bush and the NeoCon Crowd owned up?


/Sorry about that, Iraq
 
2012-12-05 03:30:36 PM  

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

Now THAT'S funny.


what's with quoting someone with a comment? That's what the "Smart' and 'funny' buttons are for. We read it, we don't need to read it again.

/It's redundant
//

Magorn: 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 ...


Uh, papers tell the truth, they say. Nice catch, sir
 
2012-12-05 03:31:51 PM  

WelldeadLink: ongbok: But I wonder what caused them to check her sources after so long?

RTFA.
In related news, the newspaper holds everyone's permanent record.


Prolly phoned it in on Verizon. They save verything
 
2012-12-05 03:46:51 PM  

Matthew Keene: CheetahOlivetti: Matthew Keene: I worked for a news department in a radio station many years back where it was expected to pull an occasional quote out of your ass to embellish the product. Why yes, we had a fake traffic copter, too.


[barfblog.com image 300x400]

Did you ever win a Buckeye News Hawk award?

No, but the local FAA office told us to stop faking like we had a copter.


Was it Chopper Four?

/Twice as good as Chopper Two...
 
2012-12-05 03:54:18 PM  
Wow, she REALLY pissed someone off.
Who would bother on a company dime to do all the leg work on this.

That, or it was well known and someone wanted a relative on the masthead.
 
2012-12-05 04:04:02 PM  

Magorn: eh. Sounds like the paper just plagairized this:
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).


The hell of it is, I've read some of these stories and they're extraordinary. "Don't You D.A.R.E." could have advanced drug policy a decade instead of setting it back a decade, and it drives me nuts that most of the story is true. But because it's Stephen Farking Glass, not only does the whole thing have to be thrown out, but public criticism of D.A.R.E. in GENERAL winds up viewed with a suspicious eye. This is why reporters are simply not allowed to do this crap - because the damage it does goes way beyond just one story.

"I threw out my notes" should probably get any reporter fired anyway; one of the best lessons in journalism I ever got came from an episode of "Lou Grant" on Hulu, where one of the reporters was asked for her notes on a story that had run eight years before, and she immediately reached into her desk, pulled out a yellowing notebook, and handed it over. You don't keep that stuff just because you want a little more wastepaper in your life; you keep it to cover your ass.

In "Shattered Glass," the narrator points out that anything that can't be verified through other sources HAS to be verified through the notes of the writer, a big hole in the fact-check system. In the end, Glass was constructing entire stories entirely on his own notes. It looks as if this reporter was just tarting her work up with fabricated quotes. Doesn't matter. The whole story has to go.

I didn't get into journalism not just because I felt I wasn't very good at it, but because I didn't want to live in fear of having something called into question because an editor couldn't read my handwriting. To be fair, I've never heard of a FALSE accusation of a writer fabricating stories - pretty clear that Glass, Blair, and this twit actually did what their editors are accusing them of - but it's tough to be a reporter when you're living in fear of a phone call from a lawyer. 

And also because the best lesson in journalism I ever got came from an episode of "Lou Grant" on Hulu.
 
2012-12-05 04:05:20 PM  

Mikeyworld: Uh, papers tell the truth, they say. Nice catch, sir


Since when is New Republic a "paper"?
 
2012-12-05 04:07:31 PM  
Newspapers have been doing this since there were newspapers -- back in his journalism days, Ambrose Bierce would fill space with invented stories, John Payne Collier invented a couple of parliamentary speeches, and they were hardly the only ones. I sometimes do research that involves reading a lot of old newspapers and every now and then I wonder if some of the odder stories are real or just some reporter in 1922 inventing things to make deadline. This woman probably thought she'd get away with it because so many other people have.

/if she'd been smart, her imaginary people would have had surnames like Johnson.
 
2012-12-05 04:10:59 PM  
I want a Miata! I want a trip to Disney World!
 
2012-12-05 04:19:11 PM  
Johnson Coggins? Next time try Joe Smith.
 
2012-12-05 04:23:03 PM  

WelldeadLink: ongbok: But I wonder what caused them to check her sources after so long?

RTFA.
In related news, the newspaper holds everyone's permanent record.


I did RTFA. I'm not buying that after all these years they looked at one article that she wrote and said "Hmm, something is fishy here. We better go and fact check this article, even though we never fact checked anything else she wrote before."

I pretty sure the paper, or at least several people at the paper knew that she was full of shiat for years, and she did something to piss off one of those people.
 
2012-12-05 04:27:50 PM  
I was just visiting my friends, Mike Litoris and Ben Dover, up there.

Small world.
 
2012-12-05 04:32:56 PM  
Or maybe a lot of people make up a new name when talking to a reporter, like I do.
 
2012-12-05 04:33:39 PM  

sniderman: doubled99: CROATON

[upload.wikimedia.org image 418x263]


The least mysterious mystery of all time.
 
2012-12-05 04:44:08 PM  

peasandcarrots: Magorn: eh. Sounds like the paper just plagairized this:
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).


The hell of it is, I've read some of these stories and they're extraordinary. "Don't You D.A.R.E." could have advanced drug policy a decade instead of setting it back a decade, and it drives me nuts that most of the story is true. But because it's Stephen Farking Glass, not only does the whole thing have to be thrown out, but public criticism of D.A.R.E. in GENERAL winds up viewed with a suspicious eye. This is why reporters are simply not allowed to do this crap - because the damage it does goes way beyond just one story.

"I threw out my notes" should probably get any reporter fired anyway; one of the best lessons in journalism I ever got came from an episode of "Lou Grant" on Hulu, where one of the reporters was asked for her notes on a story that had run eight years before, and she immediately reached into her desk, pulled out a yellowing notebook, and handed it over. You don't keep that stuff just because you want a little more wastepaper in your life ...


Same thing if you're old enough to remeber Janet Cooke. "Jimmy's world" was a lie, but the world she described wasn't. If she's tried at all she could have found a real life Jimmy whose life was about as bad as the one she made up. The reason they mayor and everybody else wanted to find and help Jimmy is they new the life described in those articles was all too real and since "Jimmy" had put a face on the problem they wanted to make his life "all better" and hope people would think the problem fixed.

It honestly wasn't unitl "The Wire" 20 years later that middle America even THOUGHT about those pathologies again, because every time someone tried to bring them up, all somebody had to say was "Jimmy's world" and pretend they'd invalidated the arguement
 
2012-12-05 04:53:07 PM  
i0.kym-cdn.com
YOU GUYS! What if she's actually a serial killer who has been using her job as a reporter as a cover to get the personal information of people she interviews so she can track them down and murder them later?!
 
2012-12-05 05:08:52 PM  

hocho064: JackieRabbit: Slaves2Darkness: hocho064: I live on Cape Cod and am still here...if anyone cares :)

No, no one cares.

Wait. Not so fast. Does hocho064 have booze and loose women? We can't be too hasty with our not caring...

LOL there are a few places around here where one can entertain themselves.


Nope, still don't care, but I'm in flyover country so, it's not like anybody cares about us. Well except for that whole Mississippi getting too low to ship shiat up and down it thing, some people might care.
 
2012-12-05 05:11:55 PM  
Then there's Nik Cohn's "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night," which covered a scene that didn't exist until it was created by the film based on the article.

/What color is it now?
 
2012-12-05 05:16:17 PM  

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

Now THAT'S funny.


Yeah, that's as far as I got before the article disappeared and the javascript disabled warning came up. Then I realized the mouse was closer to the Back button, so that's all I'll get.
 
2012-12-05 05:43:12 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-05 05:58:11 PM  
Her 2006 story about the seven homeless drarves who were laid off from the city gold mine should have been an obvious clue when she mentioned that one of them was name Poopy.
 
2012-12-05 07:00:54 PM  
All those lies and bogus news stories would make her a perfect addition to the White House propaganda team at msnbc.
 
2012-12-05 07:03:34 PM  
img51.imageshack.us
"You're sure to fall in love.."
 
2012-12-05 08:48:53 PM  

Bungles: Quick Fixer: 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

Enh, as long as you're not using your degree to get a job building bridges, spaceships, cars, factories, buildings, or other things that real people trust with their lives, I'm not that interested in how you got your degree.

Just as long as you're cool with the fact that because of people like you, the companies that actually have people putting their lives in trust to them don't care about anyone with your degree.



And companies that actually make serious money delight in it, because lying and charm are the top earners.

/screw ethics, dive like Scrooge McDuck.


So your the guy who told me you ran out of bacon egg mcmuffins last Tuesday at 9:50.

Well played sir, I'm sure you'll be assistant manger soon.
 
2012-12-05 10:20:43 PM  

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

69!



That's when she knew she was licked.
 
2012-12-06 01:07:10 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Dogberry: Shattered.

Shadoobie.


But a woman who waits 'til the third time around,
Head in the clouds, feet on the ground!
She's the girl he's glad he's found--she's his
Shadoobie! Shadoobie! Shadoobie! Shadoobie!
 
2012-12-06 03:12:40 AM  
Newspapers make things up?

www.foliomag.com

Who knew?
 
2012-12-06 03:47:49 AM  

John Hopoate: Newspapers make things up?

[www.foliomag.com image 211x249]

Who knew?



Weekly World News can't rightly be called a newspaper.  Tabloid, yes, newspaper, not so much. 
 
2012-12-06 12:33:20 PM  
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Yo dawg, just burnin' down my mastah's house, knowhutahmsayin'?
 
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