The German news weekly Der Spiegel is to publish a 23-page special report on how one of its award-winning reporters faked stories for years and dealt a blow to media credibility.
Claas Relotius, 33, resigned after admitting making up stories and inventing protagonists in more than a dozen articles in the magazine’s print and online editions.
Since the scandal was revealed by the magazine on Wednesday, other mainstream German outlets including Die Welt and Die Zeit, which once used Relotius as a freelancer, have also begun poring through articles that he wrote for them.
“Tell it like it is,” wrote Der Spiegel on its latest magazine cover page, in an allusion to the publication’s motto coined by its founder, Rudolf Augstein, that also hangs at the entrance of its headquarters in Hamburg.
In its editorial, the magazine said the scam, involving subjects including Syrian orphans and a Holocaust survivor, was the “worst thing that can happen to an editorial team”.
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I have to admire this guy, who of late was making up stories about the migrant caravan, but has really hit on all the high-points of fake news in the past decade: migrants, wars, holocaust reporting, you name it. Der Spiegel says it's preparing a criminal complaint against its fabulist ex-reporter, who appears to have solicited donations for children he described in his fake reports "Anil" and "Ahmed" which he routed to his private bank account
I don't question the need for independent and accurate journalism, but if ever there was an example of how elite media manipulates stereotypes, prejudice, and suspicion to create fake news, this is it.