USA Today was forced to delete nearly two dozen news articles this week after an internal investigation found that breaking news reporter Gabriela Miranda had allegedly fabricated sources and then gave investigators false evidence to try to cover up her actions.
“After receiving an external correction request, USA Today audited the reporting work of Gabriela Miranda,” the newspaper said in a statement. “The audit revealed that some individuals quoted were not affiliated with the organizations claimed and appeared to be fabricated. The existence of other individuals quoted could not be independently verified. In addition, some stories included quotes that should have been credited to others.”
Miranda, who says on her own website that she has sources in the “Latinx” community, resigned from the newspaper and appeared to delete her Twitter account.
“During the investigation, USA Today concluded that Ms. Miranda took steps to deceive investigators by producing false evidence of her news gathering, including recordings of interviews, according to the person briefed on the inquiry,” The New York Times reported.
“USA Today had a separate story-fabrication scandal in 2004, when the newspaper accused a Pulitzer Prize finalist and correspondent, Jack Kelley, of making up stories and plagiarizing work from other outlets.”
Some of the 23 articles that the newspaper deleted included:
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