Gee, hope this doesn’t happen to me

Juan Thompson

“Well if they didn’t say it, they should have” – Juan Thompson speaks with FWIW

Reporter fired for making up quotes. 

Intercept reporter Juan Thompson was fired last month for fabricating quotes in his articles and creating fake email accounts to impersonate sources.

In a note to readers, Intercept Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed wrote that Thompson attributed quotes to people who say they had never been interviewed, could not remember being interviewed or couldn’t be found. He created fake email accounts purportedly from some of these sources and lied to his editors.

“We apologize to the subjects of the stories; to the people who were falsely quoted; and to you, our readers,” Reed wrote. “We are contacting news outlets that picked up the corrected stories to alert them to the problems.”

The Intercept has retracted one of Thompson’s stories completely (but has left it up on the website with a note) and made corrections to others. The retracted story involved Scott Roof, the alleged cousin of Charleston, South Carolina shooter Dylann Roof. Dylann made headlines in 2015 when he murdered nine black churchgoers in an attack motivated by racism.

Thompson claimed he spoke to Scott about the shooter. Scott allegedly told Thompson that “Dylann was normal until he started listening to that white power music stuff” and “he kind of went over the edge when a girl he liked starting dating a black guy two years back.”

During their investigation, editors for the Intercept spoke to members of the Roof family, who said they had never heard of a cousin named Scott.

In another story, about Black Lives Matter activists being blocked from a Donald Trump rally, Thompson invented quotes and people. He gave the full name of one of his sources, who told the Intercept that she was not at the rally, was not a Trump supporter and never spoke to Thompson. The Intercept also couldn’t verify the existence of a BLM activist who allegedly provided a quote to Thompson.

For new readers to this site, when I report that a White House spokesman, say, or Dan Malloy “told FWIW”, it’s a damn good bet (alright, it’s a certainty) that neither source actually even knows who I am, let alone would deign to speak with me. In fact, any quote that begins “told FWIW” is intended to be a made up quote, albeit one that reflects the real truth behind whatever lie the politician is question is spouting.

A couple of years ago one of those new readers questioned a quote I attributed to Obama, then wrote back, furiously announcing that every Google search for that presidential quote “came back to this blog!” Hahahahaha

 

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8 responses to “Gee, hope this doesn’t happen to me

  1. housecat

    Ha – I remember that guy!

  2. AJ

    SJWs never let facts get in the way of the narrative.

  3. Mickster

    “A couple of years ago one of those new readers questioned a quote I attributed to Obama, then wrote back, furiously announcing that every Google search for that presidential quote “came back to this blog!” Hahahahaha”
    You can’t fix stupid. Although, in fairness, it’s not stupidity but most people’s failure to appreciate sarcasm or ‘tongue-in-cheek’ humour. Many take themselves far too seriously. Life is too short.

  4. Walt

    Dude –
    Those quotes weren’t real? YOU TRICKED ME? I have been duped, deceived, LIED TO by a deceitful dim wit? You Bernied me? Just made shit up? THE HORROR!!

    Francis never actually said “If I had a penis I could be the queen”? THAT’S MADE UP? I DON’T BELIEVE YOU!! Malloy never said “Why don’t we just tax breathing”? I am crushed! I USED THOSE QUOTES!!

    Anyhows, back to Black History Month. What is the difference between a black man and a pizza? A pizza can feed a family of four!
    Barry told me that one. It’s his favorite joke. Feel free to quote him on it.

    Your Pal,
    Walt

  5. Adolf or Taylor Swift?

  6. Anonymous

    no surprise here…progressive media outlets have been doing this for years. The narrative is always secondary to the facts (if there are any). Rolling Stone can tell you that.