Houston Chronicle reporter unreachable, fired after ‘source’ check shows possible fraud

Houston Chronicle reporter unreachable, fired after ‘source’ check shows possible fraud
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[Ed. – This story has been out there a couple of days. An independent reviewer discovered there was no proof of the existence of 44% of the reporter’s quoted sources in numerous stories.  The Chronicle has had to retract eight major stories and correct dozens of other.]

The current penchant for relying on multiple anonymous sources by national reporters who should know better is emblematic of why the public doesn’t trust the media. If, as charged in Houston, sources quoted by name may not exist, what chances of existence [d]o the anonymice have?

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David Wood, an independent investigative reporter that the Chronicle retained to investigate Ward’s sourcing, said he reviewed 744 stories, from early August 2018 back to January 2014, when Ward was hired after a long career at the Austin American-Statesman.

“A team of three pulled out the names of 275 individuals who were presented as ordinary Texans and made every effort to find them,” Wood wrote in his investigative report. “Of the 275 people quoted, 122, or 44 percent, could not be found. Those 122 people appeared in 72 stories.

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