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May 13, 2005

SacBee: CBS/NYT wanna...Bee

From the AP via SFGate:

A member of a Pulitzer Prize winning team resigned from The Sacramento Bee amid an investigation into whether she fabricated some of the people she mentioned in several recent columns, the newspaper said.

Diana Griego Erwin came under suspicion more than two weeks ago, when an editor raised questions about inadequate sourcing in one of her columns, Executive Editor Rick Rodriguez wrote in Thursday's editions.

The column wasn't published and the newspaper launched an inquiry, Rodriguez wrote in the space usually reserved for Griego Erwin's three-day-a-week column.

"During our inquiry we found we could not authenticate the existence of several people even though they were identified by name, age and sometimes by the neighborhoods in which they were reported to have lived," Rodriguez said. "When asked to provide confirmation ... she was unable to do so to our satisfaction."

Griego Erwin maintained her innocence but resigned for personal reasons, Rodriguez said. She said in a statement that, "I did nothing wrong, but could not fully prove that to The Bee."

Someday maybe bloggers will be able to live up to the high standards the MSM display.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, Brian Maloney

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 13, 2005 02:33 PM

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