It was after receiving a request to correct an article that USA Today launched an “audit on the work of reporter Gabriela Miranda”, one of its journalists, according to a press release published on its site.
This internal investigation “revealed that certain individuals cited were not linked to the organizations invoked and seemed invented”, denounced the press organ.
USA Today also realized that “quotes by other people could not be independently verified and that some articles contained quotes that should have been attributed to others”.
As a result, the newspaper removed 23 articles from its site and other platforms because they “do not meet our editorial criteria”.
USA Today assured “to do (its) best to be precise and factual in all (its) content” and said “to regret this situation”.
“We will continue to strengthen our principles and processes for reporting and editing” information, the newspaper pledged by publishing some basic journalistic rules such as verifying sources and facts.