Stephen Glass Didn't Pass
February 14, 2009 9:03 PM Subscribe
posted by Effigy2000 (46 comments total)
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In 1998, a journalist at The New Republic
named Stephen Glass wrote a compelling piece in the influential magazine entitled 'Hack Heaven
'. It told the story of how Glass witnessed a 15 year old hacker named Ian Restil being hired by a large Californian computer company named Jukt Micronics at a hacker convention as a security analyst after Restil hacked Jukt's website. But the entire story was, in fact, entirely fictional.
Forbes Digital reporter Adam Penenberg
exposed Glass as a fraud in his article Lies, Damn Lies and Fiction
) in what was hailed as a breakthrough for internet journalism and which forced The New Republic
to issue two apologies
to its readers. It also conducted it's own internal investigation into Glass' previously published articles and subsequently determined that at least 27 of 41 stories written by Glass for the magazine contained fabricated material. Some, such as "Don't You D.A.R.E
.", contained fabricated quotations and incidents woven in with real reporting. Although Glass was ultimately exposed, he did his best to try and cover his tracks beforehand, going so far as to create a fake website for Jukt Micronics
and having his brother act as its chairman in a phone call to his editor. All this would later form the basis for the movie Shattered Glass
Very few of the articles that Glass wrote for The New Republic
are still available online. Some of those available include;
A Day on the Streets
Mrs. Colehill Thanks God For Private Social Security
Don't You D.A.R.E.
Writing on the Wall
The Young and the Feckless
For further reading, check out A Tissue of Lies: The Stephen R. Glass Index
, which provides a complete index of Glass articles with even more links and with known fabrications specially marked.