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ROSWELL, N.M. (July 7) - The sports editor of the Roswell Daily Record has been fired for fabricating part of a news story about a golf tournament in which he quoted a fictional character from the movie ``Caddyshack.''

Gregory M. Jones was dismissed by the Daily Record on June 17, the day after his article about a Father's Day golf tournament at the Roswell Country Club appeared on the sports page, Editor Mike Bush said.

``He got a bunch of scores and wanted to make it more interesting,'' Bush said Thursday. He said he did not know if Jones attended the tournament.

He said the newspaper insists on accuracy and objectivity and ``we don't tolerate anything less than that.''

Jones, 24, said he was shocked by his firing and did not intend to deceive his editors or readers.

``It was tongue-in-cheek. It was sports. I was trying to be light and breezy. I was trying to put out a story that people might like to read,'' he said in a telephone interview.

Jones was hired in July 2002 as a reporter, was promoted to state-business editor in November and became sports editor in April.

Bush said the story contained three fictitious paragraphs referring to a Carl Spangler who claimed to work at the course. In ``Caddyshack,'' Bill Murray played a golf course worker named Carl Spackler.

Jones quoted Spangler as saying he invented a new kind of grass for the tournament. The quotation in Jones' story is taken directly from ``Caddyshack'':

``'This is a hybrid ... of bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass, featherbed bent and northern California sensemilia (sic),' Spangler said. 'The amazing stuff about this, is that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on the stuff.'''

Bush said the Daily Record received ``a couple of complaints'' about the story. The newspaper ran a correction.

07/07/03 10:28 EDT

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
Post Sun Jul 13, 2003 6:30 pm
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It's kind of funny that our apathetic White House press core can get by lobbing scripted softball questions to George Bush and Ari one says a single word about it...not even when the Bush administration fabricates evidence to go to war...but let a sports writer fabricate a story and heads will roll.
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