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New Canaan News Says Reporter Dimissed For Fabricating Sources

Editors at the New Canaan paper found fabrications in at least 25 of reporter Paresh Jha's articles over the last year, according to a report.

News reporter Paresh Jha has reportedly been let go after the discovery that some of his stories included fabricated quotations and sources.

According to the Hearst paper, editors there found fabrications in at least 25 of Jha's articles over the last year, and they're still checking.

For more, check out the New Canaan News report.

Patrick Henry June 24, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Are you kidding me? This is insane...
Enrique Lopez June 24, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Has all the qualifications for a long career at Fox News.
NCDad June 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM
This looks really bad for Hearst Newspapers. Who is the the editor in charge of this reporter? Why and how did they allow this to happen for what appears to be an extended period of time? Are the reporters given carte blanche? If Patch, Advertiser, and Daily New Canaan can keep their sites/publications interesting and fresh on a daily/weekly basis without resorting to subterfuge you'd think a Hearst weekly could do the same thing.
Lisa June 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I did not even realize that The New Canaan News was even published anymore.
Dog walker June 24, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I use it to clean up after my dog, this story seems to indicate this is the best use for this "news"paper. Read more about it here: http://www.teribuhl.com/2012/06/23/hearst-journalist-paresh-jha-fired-for-fabricating-sources-at-new-canaan-news/
Teri June 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
http://www.teribuhl.com/2012/06/23/hearst-journalist-paresh-jha-fired-for-fabricating-sources-at-new-canaan-news/ For it to go on for at least a year shows a serious breakdown in their editorial food chain. Keep in mind a Hearst reporter can't get his own stories to print like a patch reporter - they have multiple editors who get the text on paper.
NCMom June 25, 2012 at 03:46 PM
So with multiple editors, this should NEVER have happened, correct?
Teri June 26, 2012 at 01:27 AM
NCMom- yes with multiple editors involved it shows real cracks in the editorial process run by David McCumber for Hearst CT News Group. Poytner found whole stories that were fabricated today so the issues are at the core of their news team. http://www.teribuhl.com/2012/06/25/hearst-newspapers-fabrication-story-shows-deeper-editorial-problems/
Teri June 26, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Poytner - a media watchdog group - found another fabricated story on New Canaan teens that was made up and hasn't been taken down yet http://www.teribuhl.com/2012/06/25/poytner-finds-more-fabricated-stories-by-hearst-shows-deeper-editorial-problems/
MomOfTwo June 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Interesting links.
MomOfTwo June 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Some of the fabricated articles made it to the Stamford Advocate!!! And this one is still on there! The made-up names are hysterical, it almost seems like the reporter was playing a prank on his editors. http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Despite-dangers-teens-admit-to-cell-phone-use-3618114.php

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