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Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 10:42:20 EST

From the Times.

The Cape Cod Times, not, sadly, the New York Times.

How a newspaper can, and should, be run.

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Karen Jeffrey

There is an implied contract between a newspaper and its readers. The paper prints the truth. Readers believe that it's true.

It's not always so simple, of course. There are nuances in how a story is presented, what words are used to describe the action. Papers have personalities, and no two are exactly alike, but at the end of the day, facts are facts. And a good newspaper holds nothing more sacred than its role to tell the truth. Always. As fully and as fairly as possible.

This is our guiding principle, so it is with heavy heart that we tell you the Cape Cod Times has broken that trust. An internal review has found that one of our reporters wrote dozens of stories that included one or more sources who do not exist.

The reporter was Karen Jeffrey, 59, a writer for the Cape Cod Times since 1981. In an audit of her work, Times editors have been unable to find 69 people in 34 stories since 1998, when we began archiving stories electronically.

On Tuesday, Jeffrey admitted to fabricating people in some of these articles and giving some others false names. She no longer works for the Cape Cod Times.

We, the readers, neither expect nor demand perfection in the reporting of the news of the day.

We no longer expect, but we do still demand, basic integrity and honesty from those who do the reporting, elements that are all-too-rare in journalism these days.

Got it?

Good.

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