Franco Alemán over at HispaLibertas has very kindly passed on this article. In it Chicago Tribune ombudsman Don Wycliff tells the sorry tale of how, following an alert from Tim Blair, they had to get rid of Uli Schmetzer. Schmetzer had been with the paper for 20 years, but when he was caught fabricating an interview it took his employers a couple of days to get rid of him.
Wait a minute, you say, wasn’t a complaint sent to La Vanguardia’s ombudsman almost a year ago accusing Rafael Ramos of much worse? And wasn’t he caught red-handed again recently? Does the fact that he’s still in a job mean that neither press nor public here care about that kind of thing?
Well, it seems that Mr Alemán has written to LV’s ombudsman, Josep Maria Casasús, with news of Mr Schmetzer in order to pose that very question. If the answer from LV is that yes, honesty is important in journalism, then Ramos and Casasús will both have to go.
- Who ombuds the ombudsman?
Josep Maria Casasús, the La Vanguardia ombudsman to whom I complained almost four months ago re Rafael Ramos, wrote back last
- Casasús and the curse of the French
It sounds like Josep Maria Casasús, alleged ombudsman for La Vanguardia, is going around telling folks that I’m an American secret
- When’s La Vanguardia going to fire Rafael Ramos?
I read the guy briefly a couple of years ago while I was learning Spanish and asked La Vanguaria’s ombudsman and
- Rafael Ramos
Many thanks to Stefan Geens for the plug on the fine MemeFirst re Kaleboel’s long battle with Rafael Ramos, La Vanguardia’s
- Vanguardia spelling woes
Apparently the culture section of La Vanguardia has been submitting articles to an automatic correction tool and then publishing them unchecked.