USA Today deletes 23 articles due to fraudulent reporting

A Gallup poll conducted last fall found that only 36% of Americans have trust in the media, and a recent news story illustrates why that skepticism appears to be justified.

According to a New York Post piece published last week, USA Today was forced to delete some 23 articles from its website due to fraudulent reporting. 

Audit conducted following correction request

The move came after the paper confirmed that an audit had revealed multiple instances in which fabricated sources had been cited.

All of the deleted articles had been written by Gabriela Miranda, a journalist who covered “trending news nationwide” for USA Today.

Miranda is said to have resigned from the publication some weeks ago. She previously covered “education and the Hispanic community” for Georgia’s Gainesville Times.

The Post reported that for its part, USA Today published a statement explaining why the articles in question had been taken down.

USA Today promises to “reinforce and strengthen our reporting”

“After receiving an external correction request, USA TODAY audited the reporting work of Gabriela Miranda,” the statement said.

“The audit revealed that some individuals quoted were not affiliated with the organizations claimed and appeared to be fabricated,” it went on to say.

“The existence of other individuals quoted could not be independently verified. In addition, some stories included quotes that should have been credited to others,” the statement continued.

“As a result, USA TODAY removed 23 articles from its website and other platforms for not meeting our editorial standards. The headlines of the articles are listed below. Miranda has resigned as a reporter for USA TODAY and the USA TODAY Network.”

The paper concluded by saying it strives “to be accurate and factual in all our content” and expresses regret for the situation.” USA Today pledged that it “will continue to reinforce and strengthen our reporting and editing diligence” before listing a number of new safeguards.

These include ensuring “that institutions are contacted to provide a response or statement if they are referenced in the story” and “additional scrutiny to sources found through blind connections on social media platforms, via email, etc.”

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