For me, journalistic ethics are sacrosanct. They've remained so throughout my nearly fifteen-year criminal justice journalism career—a career I'm extremely proud of. To suggest that I would violate journalistic ethics in any sense is wrong. Journalism is my life. I stand behind every word I've written. I'm cooperating fully with reviews of my work. I'm eager to show all my stories have met the highest standards of journalistic ethics. No falsehoods have been found in my work. and there's not a shred of evidence to suggest I breached journalistic ethics. Finally, the iMediaEthics story is inaccurate. The story falsely refers to two interviewees I spoke with following the Orlando terrorist attack as “non-existent sources.” I assured the writer of the piece that these people did, in fact, exist. I’d met the first, a self-identified security guard, at Sam Snead's restaurant in Port St. Lucie, where customers and staff were grieving victims of the terrorist attack. He'd overheard my conversation with another customer I was interviewing. We got to talking, and he shared the anecdotes recounted in my article. What name he worked under or has listed on his birth certificate I can't be certain, but I had no reason to doubt his story. The other interviewee, who’d given his name as Aahil Khan, said he was a childhood friend of gunman Omar Mateen.Deutsch has written an even more detailed response here.
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