https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2022/06/17/marquette-assistant-comms-prof-pens-lengthy-thread-to-explain-its-unfair-to-hold-young-journalists-responsible-for-unethical-journalism/

Earlier, we discussed the story of USA Today reporter Gabriela Miranda, who recently had 23 of her articles pulled from USA Today’s website following accusations that she fabricated sources and materials.

Not exactly a good look for a trusted official social media “fact checker” like USA Today, but at least they figured it out eventually. And we’re sure the rest of their reporters’ cred is impeccable. Especially if they went to journalism school with this woman, Dr. Ayleen Cabas-Mijares, who is currently an assistant professor at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication. According to her, fabricating stuff when you’re a journalist is bad and everything, but it doesn’t mean you’re a bad journalist. In fact, it’s probably someone else’s fault:

Grab your oven mitts, because you’re in for some hot takes.

Young journalists don’t just make crap up because they’re lazy! They’re just so eager to please!

We have a few ideas, but let’s let Ayleen try to explain:

(We’re willing to concede that USA Today hasn’t done good journalism in years.)

“Minorities are prone to cheating and lying” is a hell of a defense, but hey. Ayleen’s the professor here.

USA Today should definitely shoulder some guilt here. They let Miranda get away with journalistic malpractice for way too long. But presumably Miranda decided for herself to be a crappy journalist.

Well, Miranda’s the one who allegedly fabricated all the stuff, so …

That last tweet makes no sense. Dr. Cabas-Mijares’ entire thread is making excuses for Miranda and explaining why she shouldn’t be held accountable for what she did.

That’s not something to brag about, dude. You should be embarrassed. Dr. Cabas-Mijares should be embarrassed. We’re embarrassed for both of you.

Ayleen’s thread is so, so bad.

“Don’t lie” is supposed to go without saying.

Word of advice: if you’re thinking of signing up for a class taught by Dr. Ayleen Cabas-Mijaras … don’t.

Clearly there is no point to journalism school. At least not anymore.

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