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Boston Globe Columnist Suspended for Fake News

I have no doubt the reason this guy thought he could get away with this is because they all do it:

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen has been suspended without pay for three months after “serious violations” in remarks he made about the Boston Marathon bombings — a penalty his union says he’s going to fight.

Scott Steeves, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild, told the Herald last night Cullen will take his case to arbitration.

“Kevin looks forward to defending himself,” Steeves said. “The guild stands behind Kevin 100 percent.”

The Globe announced last night Cullen will be demoted to general assignment reporter for the first two months upon his return before being allowed to write his column again.

The suspension comes after Cullen was called out by WEEI’s Kirk Minihane for embellishing his reporting of the Boston Marathon bombings — including a broadcast report of him supposedly urging a city firefighter to come out for a drink the night of the bombings.

“Our review leads us to a conclusion that Mr. Cullen damaged his credibility,” Publisher John Henry and Editor Brian McGrory wrote, adding they were “serious violations for any journalist.”

We need many more suspensions and firings like this.

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