Relotius Case: Fraudulent Reporting in Spiegel

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Spiegel has revealed that one of its editors, Claas Relotius embellished or invented important parts of some of his stories. 

 

http://www.spiegel.de/international/the-relotius-case-answers-to-the-most-important-questions-a-1244653.html

 

Some details from an amateur article off medium.

 

https://medium.com/@micheleanderson/der-spiegel-journalist-messed-with-the-wrong-small-town-d92f3e0e01a7

 

I find Spiegel's reporting on foreign affairs to be simplistic and provincial.   I am not shocked that his stories were fabricated or exaggerated, but rather that it was a fireable offence.    His distortions seem to reflect the Spiegel's editorial bias.  

 

 

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If that were the case, then we will soon see FOX News terminating the contracts of Carlson, Hannity and Igraham, right? What a doofy thing to say! Here's what happened: reporter lied and got caught and is now out of a job. End. of.

Let's see FOX News do that.

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43 minutes ago, balticus said:

Claas Relotius embellished or invented important parts of some of his stories. 

 

He fraudulently faked a large amount of his work.   He lied and he lied and he lied again.  Dragged the reputation of many people through the dirt, without giving a damn.   Thus stole money and resource from an employer and its customers as a result, and deprived honest people of work.    Nearly wrecked the whistleblower's life before the eyes of his seemingly incredibly gullible bosses finally opened, for good measure.   I would presume there's a whole lot more as well. He must have been enabled, or been coercing people or whatever.

 

I'm astounded he's getting such a sympathetic write up.  Or perhaps I should not be because he's of the group that are excluded from decent behaviour.   Even Speigel's reporting was mainly handwringing "poor him, let's take an enormous amount of energy to consider why this poor middle class male serial fraudster felt the need to defraud us".   Absolutely no light was shed on the systemic weaknesses and institutionalised bias in operation that enabled him get away with so many lies.  

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How is this different from every reporter on every show every day on FOX News? The only honest guy they have is Shep Smith and they under-promote him.

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If you rationalise serial fraud by saying "it's no different from Fox news", that surely shows just how low it is?

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How does anyone not analyse the relative hypocrisy of railing and moaning about a reporter who has been terminated for lying by a reputable news organization, while simultaneously not decrying that a large news organization makes their bread and butter by promoting lying from their reporters?

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I think it's best when Relotius (33) leaves the country and opens a bar in Nepal, because he has few options left.

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Absolutely, he and Sabrina Erdely can join Sean Hannity, Stephen Glass, and Jayson Blair.

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2 hours ago, swimmer said:

 

He fraudulently faked a large amount of his work.   He lied and he lied and he lied again.  Dragged the reputation of many people through the dirt, without giving a damn.   Thus stole money and resource from an employer and its customers as a result, and deprived honest people of work.    Nearly wrecked the whistleblower's life before the eyes of his seemingly incredibly gullible bosses finally opened, for good measure.   I would presume there's a whole lot more as well. He must have been enabled, or been coercing people or whatever.

 

I'm astounded he's getting such a sympathetic write up.  Or perhaps I should not be because he's of the group that are excluded from decent behaviour.   Even Speigel's reporting was mainly handwringing "poor him, let's take an enormous amount of energy to consider why this poor middle class male serial fraudster felt the need to defraud us".   Absolutely no light was shed on the systemic weaknesses and institutionalised bias in operation that enabled him get away with so many lies.  

 

His slant is virtually indistinguishable from other Spiegel journalists covering the US:   Gabor Steingart, Marc Pitzke, Gregor Peter Schmitz.   He provided readers with the message they wanted to be told.    It is hard to believe that any other angle would be acceptable.  

 

Spiegel has not really apologized to the people who were portrayed inaccurately.   

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Some of it is just really odd.   A little-known German reporter landed an interview with the parents of one of the USA's most talked about athletes on a very controversial issue that has made endless news...and yet nobody verified that he really did speak to them, even though that is clearly way out of his league?   He certainly knew how to push exactly the right buttons to fool the gullible.   You have to give him that.   But then fraud, grooming, deviance etc targets such weakness with the accuracy of a cruise missile.

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4 hours ago, AlexTr said:

How does anyone not analyse the relative hypocrisy of railing and moaning about a reporter who has been terminated for lying by a reputable news organization, while simultaneously not decrying that a large news organization makes their bread and butter by promoting lying from their reporters?

 

Such as in the glossy magazines that lie around at hairdressers & in the waiting rooms of doctors & dentists!

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There is no such thing as honest news any longer.  Regardless of the news outlet, it's become a business model - twist the information just enough to where it's relatively correct, but also outrageous enough to keep it's customers returning.  'Honest reporting' left the house years ago. Now it's 'what sells' and it's been that way for quite some time. 

Reporting sport and the closing stock exchange results are about all that is left.  I'm not even sure the weather is correct.  They say it's going to snow tomorrow and it's dry as can be.

Magazines, newspapers and telly have to get us to view them, as most get news from the Internet when we have the time.  So exaggerating a wee bit is 'approved of'.  Blatant lying?  Not so much.

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When I was in university, I dated a journalism major.  Nice lass,... wondering now whatever happened to her.  Beside the point.  We were, I think, in our first year - me a business major.  One of the things she told me was something along the phrase of 'a reporter should never become the story' or some such.

Seems Claas missed that day in uni. 

This morning, having me espresso and listening to Youtube, Claas is the topic of discussion.  He's admitted to being ill and needs help.  While he's written for several publications, Der Spiegel alone, 14 of the 60 stories he wrote have now been shown to be made-up. 

I want to believe this is a one-off; that journalists push the effort to be honest.  I want to believe that my fellow man and woman are basically good.  This, however, will only fuel the flames of those who love the phrase 'fake news'.  This matter does not help journalistic integrity in general, which has become stymied of late.

Having written reports for the government, I have always been highly impressed with anyone who writes for a living.  Regardless if it's a novel or news.  Writing a forum post is easy.  Writing pages upon pages - not so much.

Claas' career is over.  Sad, that.  At 33 he will never recover from this.  He could write a novel or a biography, but his days of ever being a reporter are over.

If he truly is ill, I hope he does get help.  If he lied due to laziness, exaggerationism, or commercialism... fook im!

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On 12/20/2018, 1:41:52, AlexTr said:

Do Germans apologize?

 

Never! Never apologize.. admission of guilt is crazy. Nevermind what's right - think of the liability (says the little German inside all of us).

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found this in Spiegel online:

SPIEGEL: Zuallererst möchten wir Ihnen sagen, es tut uns aufrichtig leid, was Ihnen und anderen Bewohnern von Fergus Falls durch die gefälschte Reportage, die wir veröffentlicht haben, widerfahren ist.

http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/gesellschaft/fall-claas-relotius-fergus-falls-bewohner-im-interview-a-1245033.html

The Spiegel sent a reporter to Fergus Falls to interview Michele Anderson and Jake Krohn who discovered that most of the stuff that was reported was invented:

Here is their story: https://medium.com/@micheleanderson/der-spiegel-journalist-messed-with-the-wrong-small-town-d92f3e0e01a7

 

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All of the other publications are researching his past stories to ascertain the truthfulness.  This is far from over.

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On 12/20/2018, 11:04:43, Buzznut3000 said:

Those on the far left do seem to feel that the ends justify the means.

Change left for right and it could be the same.

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