The Chiquita Banana Exposé - The Cincinnati Enquirer
On May 3, 1998 The Cincinnati Enquirer released a series of illegitmate accusations regarding the rightfulness of the Chiquita Banana Brand. The allegations were apparently heard from voice mails from a Chiquita employee, and were used to exploit the company.
- Reaction: "Reporter Pleads Guilty in Theft of Voice Mail" - The New York Times
- Reaction: "Mysteries Behind Story's Publication" - Douglas Frantz - The New York Times
- Follow-Up: "Chiquita Still Under Cloud After Newspaper's Retreat" - Douglas Frantz - The New York Times
- "Watchdogs Yelp When Made to Heel" - Howard Kurtz - The Washington Post
- "Outbreak of Fiction is Alarming News" - Howard Kurtz - The Washington Post
- "Banana Peel" - Nicholas Stein - Columbia Journalism Review
Effects and Outcomes
The Enquirer finally admitted they had committed perjury and illegally stole Chiquita Brand's voicemails. Investigative reporter, Mike Gallagher, admitted that he had hacked into the phone of a Chiquita employee to attain the voice mails and was later fired. Chiquita denied all allegations and sued The Enquirer. The Enquirer removed the series from their website and retracted their statements.
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Investigative reporters, Cameron McWhirter and Mike Gallagher expose Chiquita Brand in a series stemmed from voice ...
Cameron McWhirter and Mike Gallagher expose Chiquita Brand in a series stemmed from voice mail messages from the ...
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The Cincinnati Enquirers' publisher and editors' apology to Chiquita Brand for their published series exposing false ...