Seven year veteran of Germany's Der Spiegel Claas Relotius was fired after the news came out the fellow didn't much care to do reporting or journalism and had simply been fabricating stories and winning awards for doing it. As recently as December 3rd of this year Relotius was lauded by his peers as THE German reporter of the year:
The jury for the 2018 German Reporter Award was once again of the opinion that he had written the best feature story of the year, this one about a Syrian boy who lived with the belief that he had contributed to the country's civil war through a graffito he had daubed onto a wall in Daraa. The jurors praised the article for its "unparalleled lightness, intimacy and relevance that is never silent regarding the sources on which it is based."
It has now become clear that Claas Relotius, 33 years old, one of DER SPIEGEL's best writers, winner of multiple awards and a journalistic idol of his generation, is neither a reporter nor a journalist. Rather, he produces beautifully narrated fiction. Truth and lies are mixed together in his articles and some, at least according to him, were even cleanly reported and free of fabrication. Others, he admits, were embellished with fudged quotes and other made-up facts. Still others were entirely fabricated.
Relotius and Der Spiegel's fraud were undone by a woman from rural Arizona who took issue with a report slandering a local US border integrity activism group she is afflilated with. As per their usual modus operandi, Relotius fabricated a fiction demonizing bloodthirsty nationalist vigilanties while Der Spiegel happily published the creative writing exercise instead as "truth from the front lines."
Over the weekend political-social engineer Bill Kristol announced the death of his baby, a magazine known as "The Weekly Standard" which at one point bragged of being the most read publication in the George W Bush administration. The magazine's politics advocating for an America 43rd agenda, prioritizing all manner of military interventions in foreign lands over America, survived through the Hussein Bahamas administration as the bloodlust only grew.
In spite of a long run of "influence" The Weekly Standard and its politics could not survive Trump and The Great Again, not long enough to see the dawn of democratically elected US President Donald Trump's third year in office.
A young woman with a crush on Dylan Storm Roof was entrapped by the FBI and hit with terrorism charges (archived). As per their usual modus operandi, the USG stooges further isolated and aggravated the socially isolated young woman until their became her entire social circle after which, the stooges arrested her in Toledo, Ohio. Earlier this week, also in Toledo, an FBI radicalized ISIS sympathizer was arrested after being similarly prepped for captivity by USG stooges (archived).
A jury in Melbourne, Australia decided to unanimously convict Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell of sexual abuse occurring when he was the Archbishop of Melbourne (archived). Cardinal Pell is a strong proponent of Argentine Anti-Pope Francis's Child Molestation and Socialism agenda. The convicting court issued an order supressing reports of the conviction by the compliant Australian media.
Physics professor and Danhua Capital founding partner Shoucheng Zhang appears to have been garbage collected by his side gig employer Stanford University (archived). The 55 year old Zhang was found dead December 1st and his death was attributed to suicide without investigation. Statements circulating claiming origin with Zhang's family are supposing Stanford University was central to Zhang's life and won't you pretty please contribute to Stanford in Zhang's memory while declining to investigate Zhang's suiciding?
A registered USG whistleblower who had turned over documents related to shennanigans involving the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One was raided by the FBI in November (archived). Dennis Nathan Cain had turned the documents over to the Department of "Justice" inspector general as well as the US House and Senate Intelligence committees, but that apparently wasn't enough for the FBI who, in apparent violation of the "Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act", showed up at his door demanding his original copies of the documents and searched his home a further 6 hours after he surrendered the documents. Federal magistrate Stephanie A. Gallagher of the US District Court for Balimore signed an order approving the raid as the FBI asserted Cain was sitting on "stolen federal property".
The scandal upon which Crain blew the whistle involved Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State recieving obscured compensation from foreign parties in exchange for providing concierge service to facilitate regulatory approval of Rosatom's purchase of Uranium One.
A woman in Georgia was jailed on a 1 million USD bond for suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine after Monroe County sheriff's deputies found old crystalized blue cotton candy in her vehicle (archived). A roadside test made by Sirchie Acquisition Company suggested to the deputies that the mass of sugar and dye could, be methamphetamine. After the Georgia Bureau of investgation finally ran a more rigorous test on the substance months later it was determined to not be meth, but it still took a further two weeks for the elderly woman to be released from jail.