A longtime columnist of the Sacramento Bee who resigned amid controversy last month may have invented the existence of 43 people she wrote about over several years, an internal investigation found.
The paper announced yesterday it had completed a probe into Diana Griego Erwin’s writing, stating: “We have been unable to verify the existence of 43 people she named in her columns. This doesn’t prove these people don’t exist, but despite extensive research we have been unable to find them.”
I blame it on those untrustworthy blogs…. I’m just wondering, how many of these “isolated incidents” have to occur before we can conclude that there’s a pattern of journalistic fiction?
Perhaps we should ask the media’s official “the man on the street”, Greg Packer, what he makes of all this.