Chief Tango sends us a link in the Cape Cod Times in which the periodical is forced to apologize for their “journalist” Karen Jeffrey who has been making up sources for her articles for the last 30 years. 69 phony sources in 34 articles since 1998.
The investigation of Jeffrey’s work began Nov. 12 when a Veterans Day assignment raised questions among editors, who decided to closely review the story Jeffrey wrote.
Jeffrey’s Veterans story begins this way:
“CHATHAM — Ronald Chipman and his family were strolling along Chatham’s Main Street when they noticed traffic slowed. A crowd of people gathered at the small rotary ahead.
“Flags, uniforms, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. The Chipmans were momentarily puzzled.
“‘I looked at my wife. She looked back at me. We had the same guilty thought — Veterans Day — and we thought nothing about it except as a long weekend on the Cape until we saw that,’ said Chipman, 46, a Boston resident. ‘You live in the city and sometimes you forget about things like this — about things still mattering to people,’ he said.”
The editors were unable to find the Chipman family. When asked if she could help locate the family, Jeffrey said she could not because she threw away her notes.