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Roman Polanski, Fugitive and Hollywood Hero

October 14th, 2009 1 comment
2005 Crystal Globe

2005 Crystal Globe

ZURICK: In 1977 Roman Polanski, then aged 44, seduces a 13 year old girl, Samantha Gailey. According to court transcripts Polanski first lures the young unescorted girl into posing for nude and semi-nude photos.

Her mother thought he was photographing her to consider her for upcoming screen roles, but Polanski had something else in mind. In his second photo shoot at the home of Jack Nicholson he gives the 13 yr-old alcohol, and to make sure she becomes compliant to his sexual advances gives her quaaludes. When she was sufficiently pacified he raped and sodomized her.

The crime, flight from justice are old news. But what is disturbing is the reaction of Hollywood and the entertainment industry to his recent arrest by Swiss police. Read more…

Larry Bader, Pioneer Prevaricator

October 10th, 2009 No comments

Larry BaderNavy veteran, slick salesman, champion archer and hunter from Akron Ohio goes missing on a fishing trip, leaving behind a wife, 3 children and one on the way. When his boat is found washed up on the Lake Erie shore after a violent storm, everyone mourns the loss of the charming and effervescent personalty known as Larry Bader.

Just a few short years later a friend of his does a double take when he sees a man calling himself Fritz Johnson entertaining crowds at a trade show in Chicago. Johnson was a well known radio and TV personality from Omaha, who got his start in the broadcasting business by perching on the city’s flag pole for one whole month. Strange thing though, Johnson was a dead ringer for the long-lost Larry Bader. Would a person who had faked his own suicide attract this kind of attention to himself?  Surely this man couldn’t be the same person… but just to make sure he calls Larry’s brother who comes the next day to Chicago. Read more…

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Jack Kelley

October 3rd, 2009 No comments
Pulizter Schmulitzer

Pulizter Schmulitzer

In 2004, it was exposed that USA Today correspondent and Pulitzer Prize nominee Jack Kelley had been fabricating stories and sources. He denied the charges and resigned. Read more here: from USA Today.

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Janet Cooke

October 3rd, 2009 No comments
Ms Pulitzer Schmulitzer

Ms Pulitzer Schmulitzer

Washington Post journalist Cooke won a Pulitzer Prize for a story called ‘Jimmy’s World,” about an 8-year-old heroin addict. The only trouble was that she had created the entire story out of thin air. Once it was discovered, Cooke resigned and returned the Pulitzer. She has since sold the movie rights to her story.

Like Glass and Blair, Cooke lied about her schooling and previous experience in order to get the job. She falsely claimed to have a degree from Vassar College and to have studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.

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Jayson Blair

October 3rd, 2009 No comments

Jayson BlairIn 2003, the New York Times reporter was caught plagiarizing and making up parts of his stories. He resigned and published a book in 2004 called Burning Down My Masters’ House: My Life at the New York Times. In the book, he blames his behavior on a past battle with bipolar disorder and drug problems.

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Stephen Glass

October 3rd, 2009 No comments

Stephen GlassWhile working as a reporter in the late 1990s for The New Republic, it was discovered that Glass had been making up facts in his stories. Glass had gone so far as to create fake websites and sources.

A movie about Glass called Shattered Glass came out in 2003, starring Hayden Christensen as Glass. The tagline for the movie was: “He’d do anything to get a great story.”

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James Frey

October 3rd, 2009 No comments
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After his autobiography A Million Little Pieces became a bestseller thanks to Oprah Winfrey selecting it for her book club, it was discovered that important parts of the book had been fabricated.

After much controversy, Frey appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show for the second time on January 26, 2006 and claimed that the “demons” that had driven him to abuse alcohol and drugs were the same ones that had led him to invent events in his autobiography. Oprah told him: “I feel that you betrayed millions of readers.”

Check out the video link. He now thinks he is some kind of celebrity entitled to special consideration. Welcome James to the NIP Hall of Shame.

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