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I don't think there is evidence that he is writing it himself. While there are all sorts of accusations being directed at him, no one has said he's a bad writer, and the submissions were fairly mediocre. Even if they stem from Dallas, it seems more likely that someone who knows him is trying to be protective towards someone who's now in trouble.
Upon his return from his book tour, Eichenwald cast about for new story ideas, becoming interested in an international credit card fraud investigation that led to his becoming involved in the affairs of Justin Berry, a then-18-year-old who was selling pornographic images and videos of himself both as a minor and as an adult, creating and selling pornography involving other minors and adults, and engaging in prostitution. Eichenwald ultimately wrote several articles on the subject; the first appeared in The New York Times on December 19, 2005. Though the series won praise from some, it was later revealed that Eichenwald had made a series of payments to Berry before submitting the story for publication. The payments led to criticism that Eichenwald had violated journalistic ethics policies. Eichenwald had made the payment representing himself to be a songwriter and potential customer of Berry's in order to discover the identity of Berry so he could be contacted. Eichenwald has publicly stated that he, his wife, and his minister were working together to rescue what they feared was a child in danger, and that all of the actions they took in June, 2005 were not done in his role as a journalist. When Berry subsequently decided to become a source for a story, giving up his business and his home in the process, Eichenwald said he demanded and received the money used earlier to avoid a conflict issue.
In an October 19, 2007 interview with NPR's David Folkenflik, Eichenwald stated that, due to the severe backlash from the Justin Berry story, he felt compelled to disclose that his epilepsy had caused "severe memory disruptions" and that he had a "deeply unreliable memory for names, facts and events" which he compensated for by his "famed meticulous reporting methods." Folkenflik reports that "during the prosecutions of two of those men [Berry's business partners Greg Mitchel and Timothy Richards] on related child-pornography charges, revelations have surfaced that have raised questions about Eichenwald's own actions. Most notable was his failure to inform editors at the Times that he and his wife had made a series of payments worth at least $3,100 to Berry and his associates. In the broadcast version of the interview, Eichenwald also discloses that he gave Berry approximately $1,000 in additional payments that haven't been discovered by the defense in the criminal cases against Kenneth Gourlay, Greg Mitchel, and Timothy Richards arising from Eichenwald's reporting of Berry's story.
An anon editor just deleted this material, saying he will revise it. If a revision is not forthcoming promptly this should be restored. 16:34, 8 October 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Will Beback (talk • contribs)
- It's been nearly six months since the deletion of the above content, and even longer for this IP's previous deletions from this article, and no revised content has been restored, despite their pledge to do so. Because of that, I have restored the deleted content while trying to incorporate some of the IP's criticisms into my edit. As an aside, this IP is a RoadRunner residential user from the Dallas, Texas area, and its only edits have been to remove negative information about Eichenwald from this article. IIRC, another RoadRunner IP from Dallas tried the same thing earlier. It bears noting that Eichenwald makes his home in Dallas, though nothing but geography connects him with these edits, and that only tenuously. Either way, the IP's edits seem to be of a single purpose and may evidence a conflict of interest. The situation bears watching. --SSBohio 03:04, 1 February 2010 (UTC)
Eichenwald, translated from German, means oak forest. Who knows more about Eichenwald's German or maybe even German Jewish heritage? --Hyperboreer 00:12, 16 August 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hyperboreer (talk • contribs)
The link for his 2006 award was just going to the main page of their website, so it wasn't current. The best fixed link I could find was a list of past winners, on which he's there with a bunch of others. I changed it to this; am not sure we need the link there at all, as we note the award in the text of the article, but I didn't want to delete it w/o putting it to the community. (Maybe use that as an in-text citation, rather than an external link?) Uhhhhhno (talk) 19:58, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
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