Saturday, March 25, 2006

Domenech and Confessore: Young reporters sucking.

Media: There isn't much more to say about Domenech other than he had to go with the evidence mounted against him. I question why Washington Post would hire someone without much experience to be their right blogger other than to set him up to fail, but he imploded before that happened. I also don't get the whole balance out Dan Froomkin angle unless they Nicholas Confessore on the other hand needs to go as well. That is disputed here via Poynter. Confessore had an interesting article that turned out to be a scam.

The editors' note states:"An article in The Metro Section on March 8 profiled Donna Fenton, identifying her as a 37-year-old victim of Hurricane Katrina who had fled Biloxi, Miss., and who was frustrated in efforts to get federal aid as she and her children remained as emergency residents of a hotel in Queens. "Yesterday, the New York police arrested Ms. Fenton, charging her with several counts of welfare fraud and grand larceny. Prosecutors in Brooklyn say she was not a Katrina victim, never lived in Biloxi and had improperly received thousands of dollars in government aid. Ms. Fenton has pleaded not guilty." For its profile, The Times did not conduct adequate interviews or public record checks to verify Ms. Fenton's account, including her claim that she had lived in Biloxi. Such checks would have uncovered a fraud conviction and raised serious questions about the truthfulness of her account."

Confessore who is a liberal journalist who used to work for the Washington Monthly and American Prospect, both leftist media before working with the Times according to Inopinion site. I would feel sorry for him and even say he deserved a second chance because people get scammed. A good scammer should be able to fool a reporter if he/she is good enough. But the fact they did not even bother to do simple fact checking that should be routine for every article is amusing and predictable.

Confessore saw an angle to bash the White House yet again over Katrina with a juicy story from an "evacuee", ran with it and got caught. He didn't get scammed, he was willing to run the story because it fit his bias and moved his own agenda forward. He and the editor should be fired because they broke the basic rules of journalism for their own purpose.

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