She invented sources and quotes: a journalist from the American national daily USA Today resigned and the newspaper withdrew some twenty articles from its site, expressing its “regrets” on Thursday, June 16 and reaffirming its editorial and ethical principles. It was after receiving a request for correction of an article that USA Today launched a “audit on the reporting work of Gabriela Miranda”, one of its journalists, according to a press release published on its website. This internal investigation “revealed that some of the individuals cited were unrelated to the organizations cited and appeared to be made up”denounced the press organ.
USA Today also realized that “quotes from other people could not be independently verified and that some articles contained quotes that should have been attributed to others”. As a result, the newspaper removed 23 articles from its site and other platforms because they “do not meet our editorial criteria”. USA Today assured “make (his) best to be precise and factual in all (his) contents» and said “regret this situation”. “We will continue to strengthen our reporting and editing principles and processes” information, committed the newspaper by publishing some basic journalistic rules such as the verification of sources and facts. The titles of the incriminated papers also appear on the site and the journalist “resigned from his post as a reporter” newspaper and network USA Todayowned by the Gannett group, the number one local press in the United States.
Gannett had been acquired in November 2019 for around $1.2 billion by another American media group, New Media Investment Group, to form a juggernaut of more than 250 different publications. Once flourishing and extremely diverse, the regional and local daily press in the United States has suffered terribly from successive crises, in particular the Covid-19 pandemic. In the 2010s, cases of plagiarism and bogus also splashed newspapers as prestigious as the washington post and the New York Times and resulted in the departure of the offending journalists.